Elizabeth Warren takes first steps towards 2020 run for the White House

Elizabeth Warren takes first steps towards 2020 run for the White House

By forming an exploratory committee, Warren can start raising money for the 2020 presidential race. "And we know it is time to fight back".

"In our country, if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to take care of yourself and the people you love", Warren says to open the video, which contains home-video footage of her family.

The video is part biographical, showing her hardscrabble Oklahoma upbringing; part economics lesson, replete with charts illustrating how the middle class is losing economic ground; and part red meat for the Democratic base, with images of President Donald Trump and others disliked by liberals: presidential aides Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller and former adviser Stephen Bannon.

Warren in October released DNA testing results that showed there was "strong evidence" that she has Native American blood.

But, Warren said, regular people in American faced more hard challenges in 2018.

Warren burst onto the national scene a decade ago during the financial crisis with calls for greater consumer protections.

The release of the DNA test was seized upon by Trump as proof that Warren's Native American ancestry was a fraud.

Still, the 69-year-old former law professor enters the race as a formidable candidate - a prodigious small-dollar fundraiser with a knack for creating the kind of viral moments that attract attention in a crowded field. The president, highlighting the controversy that has dogged her since her first campaign for the Senate, routinely uses the nickname "Pocahontas" for her. But the test may have caused new issues with the Native American community.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. was among the most outspoken critics and said Warren had undermined "tribal interests".

Her campaign is beginning just about six years after she first won public office, when she became the first woman to ever be elected to the Senate from MA. Outgoing Maryland Rep. John Delaney is the only Democrat so far to have formally announced a presidential campaign. Then the video cuts to President Reagan, saying to cheers, "We're going to run the bull loose".

But that's likely to change quickly in the new year as other leading Democrats take steps toward White House runs.

But almost two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened.

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