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It Sure Does Look Like Elizabeth Warren Is Going to Be Running for President

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In a video released this morning, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of her now-all-but-guaranteed run for president in 2020. The committee allows her to start raising funds and fill positions on her staff before officially kicking off her campaign, but essentially, this means one thing: She’s (almost definitely) running.

Warren entered politics after the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, and before that, she was a professor with an expertise in bankruptcy and commercial law. She’s always been driven, then, by the desire to protect working and middle-class Americans from the corrupt institutions that allow giant banks and wealthy politicians to trample them. As she puts it, so many of America’s problems were caused because “Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice.”

The video Warren released is a powerful one. It tells her story and lays out her priorities. It also tackles one of the most pervasive criticisms of the Democratic Party: that they’ve abandoned white working and middle-class voters. Warren clearly operates from the belief that focusing on the needs and struggles of some demographics doesn’t automatically equate to ignoring others.

Here, she specifically speaks to racial economic inequality and calls out bigotry in politics and conservative media. But I don’t think she leaves any doubt that she’ll be fighting for all people. (Well, except the corrupt billionaires.)

We still have more than a year to go before the first Iowa caucus, and the Democratic primary race is sure to be an incredibly crowded one. That means we have a lot of exhausting conversations about “electability” ahead of us. I don’t think it’s too early to start forming strong opinions on candidates one way or the other, but personally, I’m thrilled to see Warren in the race at this stage. Whether she wins the primary (let alone the general) or not, she’s bound to drive a strong campaign and push debates in an exciting direction.

What do you all think of Warren’s announcement?

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.