Elizabeth Warren launches 2020 bid in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will make an announcement Saturday likely officially launching her campaign for the 2020 presidential race as she faces new questions around claims of Native American heritage.

The Associated Press and CNN, citing unnamed sources, said Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., is to introduce Warren at a rally at a mill site in Lawrence. He and Warren plan to tout her support for progressive politics at Everett Mills, the site of immigrant factory workers strike 100 years ago, the news outlets said.

Warren already faces a sea of high-profile Democratic opponents contending for their party’s nomination. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker announced their bids in recent weeks.

The Massachusetts Democrat announced her exploratory committee for her campaign on New Year’s Eve but hadn’t officially thrown her hat in the ring.

Warren, 69, has faced recent controversy over her past claims that she was of Native American descent.  

She apologized Wednesday for “not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship” after The Washington Post published a 1986 Texas bar registration card where she listed her race as “American Indian.”

“I’m not a tribal citizen,” Warren told reporters. “My apology is an apology for not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty. I really want to underline the point, tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship.”

Warren has apologized multiple times in the past month. In response to the Post’s story, Warren said she “can’t go back,” in terms of claiming the heritage and that she was sorry for “furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty” and the harm she caused.

In a private conversation, Warren told Cherokee Nation leadership that she was sorry about her DNA test that aimed to prove Native American ancestry, according to media reports. 

The Massachusetts Democrat shared in October the analysis of her genetic background – which found “strong evidence” of Native American ancestry going back six to 10 generations. That decision faced backlash.

President Donald Trump, who could face Warren in the general election, has long derided her heritage claims and often refers to her as “Pocahontas.”

After Saturday’s announcement, Warren plans to head to New Hampshire, where the first primary will take place, and then Iowa on Sunday, home to key causes, the AP reported. 

Contributing: William Cummings and Christal Hayes

 

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