Fulfilling long standing predictions, United States senator Elizabeth Warren, from neighboring Massachusetts, announced that she will in fact be running for president in 2020. It had been speculated that Warren would be running for president since 2016. Warren announced her candidacy on February 9, 2019 at Everett Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Everett Mills is the site of a workers strike in 1912, a fitting backdrop for the tone of Warren’s announcement and for what she stands for. The mill is symbolic of her support for the rights of the middle class as well as lower classes. By putting herself in front of the historic site, she presented herself as an ally for working America.
Warren’s campaign website states that she is fighting for “an America that works for everyone…” as a rally call for the working class. As a self-proclaimed woman of the people, Warren’s campaign claims to be in favor of putting the power back into the hands of the everyday American and not the rich. The issues she primarily focuses on are heavily centered on creating an equal opportunity for everyone in America. Warren thinks that too much power is given to the rich and that the middle and lower classes are at an immediate disadvantage and do not have the same opportunities as the upper class.
Warren wants to tighten the reigns on Washington policies. By creating stricter rules for lobbying and funding, Warren hopes to create a more trustworthy government for the people. Warren does not accept donations from political action committees or from lobbyists and her campaign is completely funded by supporter donations. Warren believes that voter suppression and intimidation are serious problems in America that solely affect people of color. If she is elected, she would focus on creating a safe voting environment that makes it easier for citizens to vote for who they truly want in office. In terms of taxation, she plans to cut taxes for lower classes and increase taxes for the extremely wealthy. She believes that this millionaire‘s tax would be more lucrative for the country than taxing the people that cannot afford to pay them.
Since President Trump’s election in 2016, Warren has been very vocal about her opposition to many of his stances. She caught the eye of the public when she refused to back down against legislation that goes against her beliefs. Warren’s campaign is not without controversy, especially after claiming to be of Native American heritage. She is known for being an extremely progressive, no nonsense politician, something that many people would consider intimidating. Because of her intense personality, Elizabeth Warren is likely to be up against the same challenges that Hillary Clinton faced in all of her campaigns. Citizens saw Hillary as a cold and unforgiving woman for how stubborn she was with what she believed in, and in the end, that cost her the presidency.
Elizabeth Warren is not the only woman competing for presidential office in 2020. So far, she is accompanied by Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobouchar of Minnesota and Marianne Williamson of Texas. All of these women are running for the democratic party. This election proves to be representative of a turning point in American history where a woman holding an office of power is common.