Senator Elizabeth Warren, outspoken critic of out-of-control capitalism and the “big-bank” culture, has stepped into what is sure to be a crowded collection of Democratic presidential hopefuls in the 2020 elections.
Her declaration comes 13 months before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses, the official opening of the primaries designed to whittle down to one candidate our of what is expected to be many, who will go head to head against the expected incumbent President Donald Trump.
Along with her declaration to run Warren released a video stressing her populist and anti- Wall Street themes which will run deep in her message.
“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster,” she said in the video. “And what I’ve found is terrifying: these aren’t cracks families are falling into, they’re traps. America’s middle class is under attack.”
“But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future,” she added. “We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us.”
Warren is 69 years old, and is expected to be one of several women vying for the Democratic endorsement. She was a professor of bankruptcy law at Harvard, and never held office until she became the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2013. She is an advocate of strict regulation of financial institutions, and often criticized Hillary Clinton during her bid for the presidency in 2016, saying Clinton wasn’t tough enough on bankers and Wall Street companies.
“How did we get here?” Ms. Warren said in her announcement video. “Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice.”