Published on
by

Promising to Take on 'Rigged System That Props Up the Rich and Powerful,' Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign

"Millions and millions and millions of families are struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged. We are here to say enough is enough."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren waves at the crowd ahead of a campaign rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (Photo: Reuters)

Vowing to take on a "rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday with a call for bold reforms to America's dysfunctional economic and political status quo.

"If you don't have money and you don't have connections, Washington doesn't want to hear from you. That is corruption, plain and simple, and we need to call it out."
—Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Noting that President Donald Trump is an alarming symptom of America's political crisis, but not its cause, Warren declared that "we can't afford to just tinker around the edges—a tax credit here, a regulation there."

"Our fight is for big, structural change," said the Massachusetts senator, who throughout her speech invoked popular policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax, and ambitious criminal justice reform.

During her remarks, Warren repeatedly lambasted the fundamental injustice of a political system that rewards those with the deepest pockets at the expense of the most vulnerable.

"If you don't have money and you don't have connections, Washington doesn't want to hear from you," Warren said. "That is corruption, plain and simple, and we need to call it out."

"Now when I talk about this, some rich guys scream, 'class warfare!' Well let me tell you something: These same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hardworking people for decades," the senator added. "I say it's time to fight back."

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

The media landscape is changing fast

Our news team is changing too as we work hard to bring you the news that matters most.

Change is coming. And we've got it covered.



As remedies to America's deep-seated political and economic woes, Warren proposed a wide array of reforms, including overturning Citizens United, barring members of Congress from accepting lobbyist donations, and scrapping "every single voter suppression rule that racist politicians use to steal votes from people of color."

Warren also vowed to spend no time "sucking up to a bunch of big donors on Wall Street" and promised to run a campaign free of PAC money and billionaire donations.

"Millions and millions and millions of families are struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged," the senator said. "We are here to say enough is enough."

Watch Warren's first campaign event below:

We want a more open and sharing world.

That's why our content is free. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported.

All of our original content is published under Creative Commons—allowing (and encouraging) our articles to be republished freely anywhere. In addition to the traffic and reach our content generates on our site, the multiplying impact of our work is huge and growing as our articles flourish across the Internet and are republished by other large and small online and print outlets around the world.

Several times a year we run brief campaigns to ask our readers to pitch in—and thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign is underway. Can you help? We can't do it without you.

Share This Article