Warren’s announcement of a future presidential campaign kicks the 2020 race into overdrive

More than a month after Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) announcement that she was launching an exploratory committee for President, she’s making the leap and is officially running for the presidential office in 2020.

The former senator made the announcement in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a former hotspot of her career as an activist for the working class. Warren praised the local mill workers who stood up to their rich and mighty bosses to organize for better wages, and to stop child labor.

In a speech delivered by Warren on the campaign trail, she states, “Hard-working people are up against a small group that holds far too much power, not just in our economy, but also in our democracy. Like the women of Lawrence, we are here to say enough is enough!” Excerpts like this show the true nature of Warren and the ideology behind her campaign.

President Trump on twitter discussing Elizabeth Warren

“Warren’s official platform will surround many of the same issues that she has been mobilizing since her work with President Obama and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2008,” according to Henry Faulker, a local journalist who followed Warren’s actions before her infamous DNA test.

Warren was the first of now 10 candidates in the primaries, yet the first major name to run her candidacy. Since then other big names in the race have been announced such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kristen Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders. The 2020 Democratic primaries are already seeming to lean to the far left. But early supporters of Warren believe that she will be the one to pull through in the end.

Although Warren has many supporters, she has faced criticism in the past. Warren has a serious thorn in her side, and it goes by the name of the DNA test.

By mid October the test was published and there was truly no way of going back. Warren took the test as an attempt to clear up questions about her heritage after persistent questions about her claims of Native American ancestry, including a challenge from Trump this summer to take a test. But the move arguably backfired, causing her to apologize to angry Cherokee Nation leaders and opening up a new line of attack for President Donald Trump and like-minded individuals. Local Women’s rights activist, Rina Weisman stated: “It’ll be so refreshing to see women in the polls because no matter who it is, it’s a step forward for the community.”

Warren has also had to answer more questions after a report from the Washington Post found that Warren wrote she was American Indian in a 1986 registration card she filled out for the State Bar of Texas.

While it appears like an early stumble, there’s not a lot of polling to show this has hurt her with voters. A national poll conducted by the Washington Post, in October, the same month Warren initially took her DNA test, showed 49 percent of polled voters said the test didn’t change their opinion of the senator while 61 percent stated they would no longer vote for her in any upcoming elections.

Senior Bryan Rodriguez stated, “I don’t care too much for politics but I think it’ll be good to have another woman in the running.” This general consensus seems to be shared by a majority of students here at Middle College.

But it speaks to the larger debate around race and representation that is sure to play out in the 2020 primary, especially with Senators Harris and Booker, two high-profile candidates of color, in the running.