It’s not even 2019 yet, but if you know anything about U.S. politics, it’s never too early to be talking about the next election. Donald Trump announced he would be running for a second term what felt like moments after winning his first. Since that fateful day in November 2016, speculation has been flying as to who the Democrats might put up against the incumbent in 2020. With a video posted December 31, Senator Elizabeth Warren has thrown her name in as a contender for the title.
“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” the Massachusetts senator said in the video. “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.”
Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me: https://t.co/BNl2I1m8OX pic.twitter.com/uXXtp94EvY
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 31, 2018
Warren has made a name for herself as an anti-Wall Street capitalist, healthcare advocate and most recently, a feminist icon — “Nevertheless, she persisted”? Yeah, that was her. She’s also personally drawn the ire of Donald Trump on several occasions, incurring the insulting nickname of “Pocahontas” from the president in reference to her distant portion of Native American heritage.
Warren’s announcement is technically that she’s forming an exploratory committee, meaning that she is now able to legally fund-raise for a projected presidential run. At the moment, the only other Democrats who have made such an announcement are former Obama secretary Julian Castro (who also has an exploratory committee) and outgoing Maryland congressman John Delaney (who is officially running in 2020).
But this is just the beginning. Democrats are looking at what could be a particularly crowded race in 2020 with notable figures in the party like Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and even Hillary Clinton eyeing runs as well as fresher faces like Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker possibly looking to get in on the action too.