First Democratic contender announces she's running for president

US Senator Elizabeth Warren

US Senator Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency. "Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers and while big oil companies destroy this planet". She has also consistently shown that she's willing to fight with President Trump. "And that means reducing the student loan debt burden, increasing our Social Security payments for those who depend most on it, & the overarching piece, reducing corruption in government". On December 31, that prospect became much more real when the senator announced an exploratory presidential committee.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016. It's not clear those same progressive activists who had encouraged Warren to run a few years ago will back her this time with a wider field to choose from.

More than a year out from the first round of voting and with months to go until the first debate, the coming Democratic primary is already shaping up to be one of the most fierce and feisty nominating contests in a generation.

Speculation that Warren might run for president began nearly as soon as she won her Senateseat in 2012.

A video released Monday announcing her move notes the economic challenges facing people of color along with images of a women's march and Warren's participation at an LGBT event.

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"How did we get here?" she asked rhetorically.

Warren, a liberal firebrand from Massachussetts who has often clashed with Trump, also released a video that leaned on the populist, anti-Wall Street themes that are sure to be central to her campaign message. He's attacked her policies as well as her claim that she has Indigenous heritage, calling her "Pocahontas" multiple times.

She also has opposed the administration's efforts to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, and has pressurized the Federal Reserve to take a tough line on scandal-hit lender Wells Fargo.

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. Even they don't want her. She has an advantage in the $12.5 million left over from her 2018 re-election campaign that she could use for a presidential run.

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