Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a formal step toward a potential 2020 presidential campaign Monday morning, announcing in an email to supporters and video message on social media that she is forming an exploratory committee to test the viability of a bid for the White House.
Warren is expected to say more about her plans Monday morning. She plans to begin traveling to the early-voting primary and caucus states soon. The exploratory committee will enable her to raise money to pay for that travel and to hire staff for this effort.
“I never in a zillion years thought I was going to run for office – any office,” she wrote in a letter to supporters Monday. “This wasn’t on my bucket list, my shopping list, or any other list.”
In a video released on social media, Warren said she’s running in order to take a stand for middle-class Americans. She lays out the vision for her presidency in the video as one in which democracy and our economy “work for all of us.”
“In our country if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to take care of yourself and the people you love. That’s a fundamental promise of America,” she said. Warren talked about her own family’s struggles — her father was a janitor and her mother worked at Sears — and yet, Warren grew up to be be a teacher, a law professor and a senator. Now, she believes “working families today face a lot tougher path than my family did. And families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier. A path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination.”