Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) announced that she is launching an exploratory committee, a first formal step toward seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Warren launched a highly produced four and a half minute promotional video that was emailed to her supporters on New Year’s Eve.
In the video, Warren began by recounting her middle-class background as a way of making a populist political appeal.
Warren also highlighted her extensive work on consumer financial protections, while speaking toward her track record regarding economic concerns.
Warren, in her promotional video, stated that the middle class is “under attack” from corporations and the right, rhetorically asking, “How did we get here?”
“Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more the pipe. In the enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice,” Warren attested.
She also accused President Trump and the GOP for trampling on the middle class, while vowing that she can defeat the incumbent president in 2020.
Former law professor and 69-year-old Senator Elizabeth Warren was the first woman ever elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012. Prior to that, she had never held an elected office.
Warren was instrumental in establishing the consumer financial protection Bureau, which is a watchdog agency that was created in the aftermath of the 2012 financial crisis.
She has also been a strong critic of the banking industry, with a reputation for her sharply grilling of financial executives, including telling Wells Fargo CEO in 2016 that he “should resign” after it was discovered that the bank had created fake accounts.
Conservatives have long targeted Warren by portraying her as a liberal elitist, specifically by pointing to her background as a Harvard law professor.