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January 03, 2019

*-- Warren the first major Democrat to move toward 2020 White House bid --*

End of year SaleMassachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday she is exploring a run for president in 2020, the first big-name Democrat to do so.

In a YouTube video, Warren said she's launching an exploratory committee for 2020 and plans to fight for the middle class. She filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission that allows her to raise money for her campaign.

"If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together, we can win. We can win and we will," Warren said. "Corruption is poisoning our Democracy. Our government is supposed to work for all of us, but instead, it has become a tool for the wealthy and well-connected."

Warren will be sworn in for her second Senate term in January after winning 60 percent of the vote in November.

 
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In her video Monday, the Oklahoma native talked about her brothers serving in the military, her father having a heart attack and her mother taking a minimum wage job at Sears that saved their house. Her father worked as a janitor. Warren worked as a public school teacher and a law professor before becoming a senator.

"America's middle class is under attack," she said. "I left the classroom to go to Washington and confront the broken system head on. I never thought I'd run for office -- not in a million years."

She said too many minorities slip through the cracks and fall into traps because of decades of discrimination. In her video, Warren said she wants to create opportunities for all Americans.

If she secured the Democratic nomination, she would square off in 2020 with President Donald Trump, who repeatedly called Warren "Pocohontas" this year due to her Native American heritage. A later DNA test showed "strong evidence" she has some native blood going back six to 10 generations.

The Cherokee Nation, however, issued a subsequent statement calling DNA tests to determine tribal citizenship "useless," and said Warren undermines their efforts.

"This is just who I am," she told NBC News in November. "I put out 10 years of my tax returns. I've put out all my employment records. Year, I've even taken a DNA test. I'm an open book."