US Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken a step towards running for President as she launches an exploratory committee. It is the first by a high-profile Democrat in preparation for the 2020 elections.
“Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, and take care of themselves and the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, and that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me.Elizabeth Warren
Warren released a video to signal her intentions on Twitter, and said that she plans on making a final decision early in 2019.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has long been considered one of the favourites to challenge Donald Trump for the Presidency in the upcoming elections.
It became clear that Warren would want to challenge for the White House when she released DNA results to put facts behind her claims to Native American heritage.
However, the senator was widely criticised for the move, which was aimed at stopping repeated taunts by Trump. She and the current President clashed frequently through the 2016 Presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claims, referring to her as “Pocahontas.”
Warren has also clashed with her own party, including claiming that Barack Obama’s administration responded badly to the financial crisis, which put Warren in the spotlight for the first time.
Since the beginning of 2017, Warren has passed several bills through congress, including one that made hearing aids more affordable, another that supported the victims of terrorist attacks and one that fought the opioid crisis.
What is an Exploratory Committee
An exploratory committee is an organization established to help determine whether a potential candidate should run for an elected office. They are most often cited in reference to United States Presidential hopefuls prior to the primaries.
The move by Warren to launch an exploratory committee will enable her to start fundraising more heavily for the election.
Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic Rivals
- Hilary Clinton, she was the 2016 Democratic candidate, and former Secretary of State.
- Bernie Sanders, lost out to Hilary Clinton for the 2016 candidacy, senator in Vermont, and longtime independent, who turned to the Democrats.
- Joe Biden, Vice President to Barack Obama
- John Kerry, former Secretary of State, and has said that he is considering running