2019-02-09 18:14:51 UTC
LAWRENCE, Massachusetts Vowing to fight my heart out, Sen. Elizabeth Warren
on Saturday formally declared her candidacy for president.
The populist Democratic senator, who was re-elected in November to a second term
representing Massachusetts, pushed her progressive platform as she told her life
story of growing up on the ragged edge of the middle class and spotlighted her
efforts on behalf of working class Americans.
But Warren made no mention of the swirling controversy over her longstanding
claims of Native American heritage, which resurfaced over the last week and
served as a major distraction as the senator geared up for her much anticipated
official campaign launch.
This is the fight our lives. The fight to build an America were dreams are
possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way.
And that is why I stand here today to declare that I am a candidate for
president of the United States, Warren said in this working class city that
sits along the Merrimack River in northern Massachusetts.
Warren promised to fight so that every kid in America can have the same
opportunity I had - a fighting chance to build something real.
Warren spotlighted her upbringing in Oklahoma, saying when my daddy had a heart
attack, my family nearly tumbled over the financial cliff.
But as expected, she didnt say a word about her claims of Native American
ancestry, which first surfaced during her 2012 victory over then-Republican Sen.
Scott Brown of Massachusetts.