Elizabeth Warren has announced the launch of an exploratory committee ahead of a 2020 presidential bid. She said a formal bid would be coming in early 2020.
The first clue that Sen. Warren was close to launching a bid was when she changed her Twitter name to @ewarren from @elizabethforma.
She is expected to enter a crowded Democratic field and comes after Julian Castro also announced he formed an exploratory committee as well. The exploratory committee is a legal precursor to actually launching a campaign.
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 will offer a message of economic populism, which is no different from the message she has championed as a senator. In a hypothetical match-up with Donald Trump, Warren is running close, unlike former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads him by a wider margin.
The Boston Globe dinged her in an editorial saying that her chance for presidency had passed and she has become a “divisive figure.”
“Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity; Baker garnered more votes than she did in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven,” the editorial said.”
Bernie Sanders is also said to be mulling a 2020 presidential run, but the dynamics are far different from the 2016 presidential campaign. It was much easier to stake out a claim as a progressive, but this time around it will be a vastly different landscape.
There will be a lot more progressives in the race. Plus, there’s a brewing controversy involving sexual violence in his campaign. We will see how that plays out in the coming weeks.
Several other Democratic senators are also mulling presidential bids — Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper are also mulling a 2020 presidential bid.
My bet is on Joe Biden teaming up with Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke. I am not impressed with Elizabeth Warren and I don’t think she’s a strong candidate, but she would be far better than the never-ending trainwreck of a presidency we are subjected to on a daily basis.
I guess for me it’s anybody but Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.