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Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump

Ms Warren, who has exchanged stinging insults with Mr Trump in the past, said she had formed an "exploratory committee" with a view to standing for office in two years.

A number of Democrats are expected to announce presidential campaigns in the next few months, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. She's been embattled in a debate with the 45th commander-in-chief over her Native American heritage. "We'll cheer the progress we've made toward building a more welcoming society for all, and we'll recommit to protecting the rights of all Americans, so that everyone in this country is treated with dignity and respect-so everyone gets a chance to dance!" "Warren has a lot of convincing to do", Professor Sabato said, adding the same is true of many other Democratic contenders.

The 69-year-old, who has represented MA in the Senate since 2013, is a progressive Democrat. Warren had repeatedly been named as a possible 2020 candidate since 2016 and even earlier, so her candidacy has come as no surprise to pundits.

However: This isn't a formal kickoff to a presidential run, but it is considered the first major step toward it.

The video, which runs for almost four-and-a-half minutes, touches on Warren's family's military tradition, her parents' struggle to provide their children with opportunities and her career fighting for the marginalized in a political system that has been rigged to favor the wealthy.

Warren has been a polarizing figure since her emergence as the main proponent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she has been one of the most harshly critical detractors of the financial services industry. "Meanwhile, a September poll indicated that MA voters were more enthusiastic about Patrick making a White House bid than Warren". In October 2018 - one of the clearest signs yet she was readying for a national campaign - Warren released results of a DNA test showing that she did have Native American ancestry going back several generations.

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The Massachusetts senator, born in Oklahoma and known as a liberal firebrand in her party, emphasised opportunity for all Americans, not just the wealthy.

With Warren "exploring" - running, in effect - we can expect a large contingent of hopefuls to follow suit soon.

To help with finances after her father suffered a heart attack, she started at age 13 waiting tables in a restaurant - part of a childhood she said gives her a visceral connection to ordinary Americans.

Warren has described Trump as an "insecure money grubber" driven by greed and hate. In the first TV ad of her 2012 Senate campaign, in November 2011, she said, "Washington is still rigged for the big guys, and that's got to change".

Until she was in her 40s, Warren was a registered Republican. Instead, her use of a genetic test to prove ethnicity spurred controversy that seemed to blunt any argument she sought to make.

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