Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has launched an exploratory committee for the presidency making her that much closer to a potential run.
Exploratory committees are often the first step potential candidates take in gauging how much national support they have while estimating how much funding they could garner.
“The Massachusetts Democrat and former Harvard Law professor filed papers Monday creating an exploratory presidential committee, becoming the first major potential 2020 contender to do so in what’s anticipated to be a sprawling Democratic field,” Politico reported on Monday morning.
In addition to the launch of the exploratory committee, Warren’s campaign sent out an email to supporters which included a biographical video of her life and growing up in Oklahoma.
From Associated Press:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates.
“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” the 69-year-old Massachusetts Democrat said in a video that highlights her family’s history in Oklahoma. “To be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and take care of the people we love. That’s what I’m fighting for and that’s why today I’m launching an exploratory committee for president.”
Warren burst onto the national scene a decade ago during the financial crisis with calls for greater consumer protections. She quickly became one of the party’s more prominent liberals even as she sometimes fought with Obama administration officials over their response to the market turmoil.
Here’s more via Politico:
The 69-year-old was just reelected to a second term in the Senate and is to be sworn in this week. She hasassembled a staff of more than 70 people already, and the $12.5 million in her campaign account puts her on solid footing ahead of a likely campaign.
Launching the exploratory committee gives Warren a legal mechanism to ramp up fundraising and officially lock down key operatives in early states whom her team has courted for weeks. If she fully takes the plunge, the senator is expected to make a more robust presidential campaign announcement at a later date.
In her email to supporters, Warren portrayed herself as a fighter for the middle class standing up to “a bunch of billionaires and giant corporations” writing their own rules in Washington: “That’s not how government is supposed to work. You know it. I know it. And we know it is time to fight back.”
Here’s Warren’s video:Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.