Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she will run for president, adding a fierce advocate of economic populism to an already crowded field of Democrats in the United States vying for the presidency in 2020.
Ms Warren announced her campaign in her home state of MA at a mill site where largely immigrant factory workers went on strike about 100 years ago, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform.
She was to be introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who meant to endorse her candidacy, according to an official familiar with his plans.
"We are here to say enough is enough", said Warren in her remarks.
After Lawrence, Warren is set to travel north to campaign in New Hampshire before flying to Iowa for a three-stop tour across the state on Sunday - her second visit to the Hawkeye State since announcing the formation of an exploratory campaign on New Year's Eve.
"When I talk about this, some rich guys scream 'class warfare!' Well, let me tell you something, these same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades - I say it's time to fight back." she said.
"This is the fight of our lives".
Warren's nascent campaign has been plagued with controversy over a DNA test she took in the fall to show that she has some Native American heritage. In all, the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination may be the most crowded field in US history.
The campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for Warren. According to multiple sources familiar with the plans, Kennedy will discuss why he believes Warren's record on economic issues should set her apart from the rest of the ballooning 2020 presidential field. "I'm not taking applications from billionaires who want to run a super PAC on my behalf". "Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that's been rigged-rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected", Warren told the crowd of supporters. Bernie Sanders in 2016; Hillary Clinton, then a NY senator, in 2008; and then-Massachusetts Sen. Her ancestry drew fresh scrutiny earlier this week with the discovery that she described her race as American Indian on a form to join the Texas legal bar in the 1980s.
To give Warren the authority to redesign financial rules and regulations would seem the ideal way to begin to shrink the obscene and risky inequality between the very wealthy and the nation's working and middle classes.
Trump and conservatives have long called Warren "Pocahontas" for her Native American ancestry claims. She meant to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability.
With the announcement of her exploratory committee, Warren became the first Democratic senator to declare plans to begin the legal process of running for president. Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.