Delivering a rousing speech in front of a crowd undeterred by the cold temperatures in Lawrence, KS, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for President of the United States on Saturday.
Warren seemed to focus on the issues focusing on the middle class. She addressed the cost of education (Warren herself went to the University of Houston, which she claims charged only $50 per semester at the time).
“Over the years America’s middle class has been deliberately hollowed out. And families of color have been systematically discriminated against and denied their chance to build some security.”
According to Warren’s campaign website, many of the problems facing the middle class and people of color are due to corruption in Washington D.C. She is campaigning on a platform of anti-corruption, saying that she will attempt to ban Senators and those serving in Congress from trading stocks or becoming lobbyists. She also plans to require American companies to allow their employees to elect 40 percent of their board members. She also wants to overturn Citizen’s United, the decision that allowed corporate campaign donations to be treated as free speech.
Financially, Warren is a fan of the “ultra-millionaire tax” idea, which would raise taxes for Americas richest families. She also supports ideas like universal healthcare and student debt relief.
Warren believes in decriminalizing marijuana and banning private prisons. She states, “In America, there’s one justice system for the rich and powerful, and another one for everybody else.”
In matters of foreign policy, Warren is opposed to President Trump’s USMCA (US, Mexico, Canada Accord), the trade deal meant to replace NAFTA. She pledges to “bring the troops home, and make sure they get the support and benefits they’ve earned.” She also wants to cut the defense budget.
“Policies that undermine working families in this country also erode our strength in the world. It’s time for a foreign policy that works for all Americans, not just wealthy elites,” Warren states.
Warren joins the growing field of Democratic candidates running for President in the 2020 election:
- Senator Cory Booker
- Senator Kamala Harris
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Representative Tulsi Gabbard
- Former Representative John Delaney
- San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
- Former W. Va. state Senator Richard Ojeda
- Former tech executive Andrew Yang
Reported as Considering a Run
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Senator Sherrod Brown
- Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Senator Bernie Sanders
- Billionaire Michael Bloomberg