Sen. Elizabeth Warren Formally Launches 2020 Presidential Run

Senator Elizabeth Warren had her presidential campaign kickoff Saturday in Lawrence

During her first of three events Sunday in eastern Iowa, Warren said the president shouldn't be allowed to dictate the direction of the campaign with divisive attacks.

Weaving specific policy prescriptions into her remarks - from Medicare for All to the elimination of Washington "lobbying as we know it" - Ms Warren avoided taking direct jabs at President Donald Trump.

"Every day, there's a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly", Warren said of Trump. And what are we as candidates, as activists, as the press, going to do about that? Are we going to chase after those every day?

He added that Trump has long said he was a fan of Andrew Jackson, who carried out the forced removal and ethnic cleansing of Native Americans.

"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President", Trump tweeted on Saturday. "In fact, he may not even be a free person", she said.

Warren said that she typically doesn't mention Trump at events because she thinks he is a symptom, not a cause, of the issues she is campaign on.

Lawrence, the scene of Warren's announcement, is a former mill town where a group of women workers, including many immigrants, launched a strike in 1912 that spread across the region and came to be seen as a historic victory for women and for labor, with improved wages and working conditions.




But Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA made a novel argument Sunday for ignoring the president: He could soon be in jail.

"He is just completely ignorant when it comes to Native Americans, Native American history", Haaland said.

Asked by reporters to expand upon her comments after the speech, Warren cited the multiple ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's dealings with Russian officials.

Introducing Warren to the stage, Haaland said of the White House hopeful: "Indian Country needs strong allies like Elizabeth Warren, whose unwavering commitment to Native communities and Native American women and children is needed in this political era". "See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!" the President tweeted on Saturday.

Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Warren, often in personal terms and with racist slurs, for having in the past identified herself as having Native American ancestry. She also gave a speech past year discussing her reasons for why she called herself a Native American, but she didn't apologize.

"The chief and secretary of state appreciate that she has reaffirmed that she is not a Cherokee Nation citizen or a citizen of any tribal nation", tribe spokeswoman Julie Hubbard told the New York Times.

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