But it is the story of Warren's family that also had the 2020 candidate facing fresh questions about her credibility this week.
Walking onto a stage in Lawrence to the tunes of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", the MA senator made her announcement Saturday morning. To her, that means lots of big institutional shifts, changing the way politics are done in this country in some fundamental ways. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. "I am in this fight all the way".
Warren reached out to Cherokee Nation leaders earlier this month to express regret over her decision to release DNA test results backing up her ancestry claims along with a video highlighting her "family story" in October. Corruption is a cancer on our democracy. "But we learned a long time ago that you don't get what you don't fight for".
Following the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on December 31, Warren had a successful first month on the campaign trail, making well-received trips to Iowa and New Hampshire with her message of taking on a corrupt political and economic system. "So once he's gone, we can't pretend that none of this ever happened". Democratic Mayor Dan Rivera praised Warren's selection of his city, which he said is dealing with numerous key issues Washington is trying to tackle, such as the opioid crisis and expanding affordable health care. She walked onto the stage to Dolly Parton's classic "9 to 5", a song that exemplifies the struggles of working people and power inequality.
She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.
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Elizabeth Warren's heritage claims have dogged her since her first campaign for the Senate in 2012. "She is in the exact same position as me", said Fay Scofield, 70. Kirsten Gillibrand announced almost three weeks later that she was also launching an exploratory committee to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. "And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice". A recent CNN poll found that fewer Democrats said they'd be very likely to support Warren if she runs than said the same of former Vice President Joe Biden or Sens.
That challenge is on display this weekend as Democratic presidential contenders - or those considering a run - fan out across the crucial early-voting states.
Even fellow blue state female senators Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand are quick to note they vastly outperformed other Democratic candidates in their home states over the years. A year before any ballots are cast in a Democratic primary, many of those candidates are spending this weekend talking to voters in the early-nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and SC.
In 2003, Senator John Kerry chose for his announcement not the reliably blue MA, but the red state of SC, and stressed his military service during a time of war by using a US Navy ship for a backdrop.