On New Years Eve, Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts, announced that she will become a candidate to enter the 2020 presidential race.
She also made plans to start campaigning in Iowa this weekend. On Tuesday, she announced that she will be visiting the following cities in Iowa: Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Sioux City.
An e-mail sent to supporters stated, “I never in a zillion years thought I was going to run for office – any office. This wasn’t on my bucket list, my shopping list, or any other list.
I spent most of my life working on a really hard question: Why are so many working people under so much financial pressure? Why is it so hard to build real financial security in America?
Today, America’s hard-working families are under attack from every direction. Health care. Social Security. Student loans. Childcare. Flat wages. And just this week, a government shutdown is fanning the flames of bigotry and fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and hurting hundreds of thousands of government workers.
The problem isn’t caused by some indisputable law of physics, like gravity. The problem isn’t that people aren’t willing to work hard. The problem starts in Washington. Our government has been bought and paid for by a bunch of billionaires and giant corporations that think they get to dictate the rules that affect everyone. Tax loopholes. Prescription drug pricing. Financial rules. Environmental protection. These companies define policies that are great for their bottom line, while good, honest people who work hard get squeezed harder every year. It’s corruption, pure and simple.
That’s not how government is supposed to work. You know it. I know it. And we know it is time to fight back.
I’m forever grateful that I got a chance to go to college for $50 a semester, a chance that opened a million doors for me. I’m grateful, and I’m determined. That’s why I fight my heart out so that everyone gets a real chance in life, a chance to build something solid, a chance to create their piece of the American dream.
And that’s why today, I’m launching an exploratory committee for President in 2020 – and you’re an important part of this team, so I wanted you to be the first to know.
I’ll announce a plan early in the new year. But there’s one thing I do know: I can’t do this alone.
I’ve spent my career standing up to big banks and powerful corporations, and I didn’t stop when I got to the United States Senate. I don’t have binders full of bankers and CEOs to call for ginormous checks to launch this committee – in fact, most of them aren’t going to like what I’m doing and will probably spend their money somewhere else. That’s ok byme.
This has always been a grassroots campaign –powered by more than 1.8 million grassroots contributions from people all across this country. Because this isn’t just my fight, it’s our fight.”
Below is Warren’s campaign video:
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