Democrat Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her intention to run for her party’s nomination for president in 2020. She did so in an email to supporters on New Year’s Eve.
Warren becomes the first Democrat candidate with high name I.D. to form a 2020 exploratory committee.
While the Democrat field is likely to be crowded, Warren’s opposition to President Trump, her reputation as a Washington D.C. insider, and her status as a women’s rights activist combined to set her apart from other rumored Democrat candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Texas Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.
A major criticism against Warren, and one she is trying to get ahead of by declaring her candidacy early, is that she’s too similar to failed 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton has been panned as out of touch and not diverse enough to lead a Democrat Party that is struggling to find a direction.
Warren has also been long criticized for her seemingly drastically overstating her claims of Native American ancestry.
Warren’s success in the primary will be largely dependent upon how she paints herself to young and hungry Democrat voters who are still reeling after 2016, and how closely she embraces the growing socialist wing of the Democrat Party.
Here’s the bottom line: Look for Warren to attempt to dispel any of the concerns about her candidacy by focusing on social justice issues.
She has a long road ahead of her, and it will be interesting to see which other rumored Democrat candidates now jump in the race to attempt and steal Elizabeth Warren’s thunder.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.