- Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone".
Warren introduced her campaign by telling the story of Lawrence, where laborers - many of whom were immigrants - toiled under bad working conditions.
"This is the fight of our lives".
Although dominating headlines with criticism of President Donald Trump, whose administration she labeled Saturday the "most corrupt in living memory", the senior senator has some political baggage of her own.
The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. So, once he's gone, we can't pretend that none of this ever happened. We can't afford just to tinker around the edges, a tax credit here, a regulation there. "Our fight is for big, structural change". "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America".
A cheering crowd of people wrapped in scarves and gloves squeezed into the space in front of the mill, which was festooned with bunting and banners that read "Warren".
Watch the announcement in the media player above. Several of Warren's Senate colleagues, including Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, have announced their own runs for president. Bernie Sanders in 2016; Hillary Clinton, then a NY senator, in 2008; and then-Massachusetts Sen.
And there are giants waiting in the wings, including former vice president Joe Biden and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, both of whom could draw major enthusiasm if they decide to run. California Representatives Ted Lieu, Katie Hill, and Nanette Barragán have all endorsed California Senator Kamala Harris, who officially announced her candidacy last month.
The Cherokee Nation criticized Warren's announcement past year, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using DNA analysis to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong". That claim has created fodder for Republicans and could overshadow her campaign.
Her announcement comes at the end of week where Warren apologized again after the Washington Post uncovered her registration card for the Texas bar in which she identified herself as American Indian.
A candidate's ethnicity "doesn't matter", she added.
Republicans have wasted no time seizing on Warren's blunders.
Warren rolled out the DNA test results in October, along with a slickly produced video that took on Trump's "Pocahontas" taunts head-on.
"It is time for her get out of the Senate, never mind running for the White House. I am in that fight all the way", Warren said.
After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire.
In addition to Kennedy, other members of the MA delegation will also speak at the rally, sources told CNN, including Sen. She believes "working families today face a lot tougher path than my family did".
"I mean, your nationality or heritage shouldn't have anything to do with it, it should be your political views and where you stand as an American citizen - that should pretty much lead you to make your decision", Richard said. "I also found out this wasn't an accident".
In Warren's telling, the wealthy and powerful "lobbied Washington and paid off politicians to tilt the system just a little more in their direction" year after year. Kennedy was a student of Warren when she was a professor at Harvard University. "I am in that fight all the way", she told supporters in Lawrence, Mass.
The progressive darling, smarting from a week of hard questions and another apology for calling her race "American Indian", will speak on the steps of Everett Mills, the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.