Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has made her bid for the USA presidency official, during a 44-minute speech in sub-zero temperatures. The backing could prove valuable for Warren given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with her potential 2020 rival, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.
In her speech, Warren said "This is the fight of our lives". Kennedy was a student of Warren when she was a professor at Harvard University. For example, there's Kamala Harris and her criminal prosecutions; Joe Biden and busing; Amy Klobuchar and her harshness to her staff. Warren took heat for not only the distant nature of her relative-by her own admission, she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American-but also for delving into the world of race science and seemingly playing into Trump's hands. Warren's platform will focus on numerous same issues she's worked on since she was a Harvard Law School professor who helped President Barack Obama create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 recession: cracking down on big banks, making corporations more accountable to workers, and expanding health care and housing for the middle class and low-income Americans. She'll spend Sunday in Iowa, where the nation's leadoff caucuses will be the first test of the Democratic field's mettle.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Warren could not say whether she had listed her race as American Indian on other forms at the time.
Warren spoke at the site of the "Bread and Roses" strike of 1912, which pitted thousands of textile workers, majority women and many of them immigrants, against mill owners in a dispute over pay and working conditions that ended with the state becoming the first in the U.S.to pass a minimum wage law.
Warren enters a crowded presidential field, as Democrats tell pollsters they want to find the candidate most able to beat Donald Trump. She's apologized twice over the past two weeks for claiming Native American identity on multiple occasions early in her career. Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC.
Warren, who touted the labor law changes that came in wake of the historic 1912 strike, told supporters who gathered in freezing temperatures outside the mill that "the story of Lawrence is a story about how real change happens in America".
Collette Richard, an 18-year-old Des Moines resident and registered Democrat, reacted to the Washington Post story by saying she does not believe the issue should sway voters.
"It's about dealing with extreme concentrations of wealth", said Stephanie Kelton, a professor at Stony Brook University in NY and former senior economic adviser to the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who's considering another run for the Democratic nomination. Tax cuts for companies that scam.
Hillary Clinton did an "I'm in" video on January 20, 2007. As Trump's candidacy built steam, Warren emerged as one of his most eager and sharpest critics, calling him "a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who ... serves no one but himself" and "a thin-skinned racist bully".