Democratic Sen. Warren takes step to challenge Trump in 2020

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Warren, D-Mass., Monday announced her exploratory committee, taking her first steps toward her long-anticipated 2020 presidential campaign.

Mrs Warren, 69, released a video on Monday saying she was establishing a presidential campaign exploratory committee - typically the first step in a U.S. presidential candidate's bid.

"I've spent my career getting to the bottom of why America's promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster", Warren said in the video. "How did we get here?" Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut 'em a fatter slice.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. was among the most outspoken critics and said Warren had undermined "tribal interests". Most voters will likely be surprised to learn she's only eight years younger than Sanders. Warren had repeatedly been named as a possible 2020 candidate since 2016 and even earlier, so her candidacy has come as no surprise to pundits.

Formerly a professor of law at Harvard, the MA senator is considered to be on the liberal wing of the Democrat Party.

Ms Warren in October released a DNA analysis she said supported her assertion that she had Native American lineage.

Warren wrote a letter marking Pride Month in 2017, in which she said: "Every year [at Boston Pride] I dance!"

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Trump's use of the name Pocahontas refers to a 17th century Native American woman associated with the British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, and was aimed at drawing attention to a controversy over her heritage raised during Warren's 2012 Senate race. A law professor turned consumer advocate, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is reviled by conservatives.

As Democrats work to stop President Donald Trump from winning a second term, the upcoming presidential race is likely to be a crowded one on the left.

Exploratory committees are a common tool that provide a legal and transparent framework for candidates to travel, fundraise, conduct polling and engage in other political activity as they weigh the decision to launch a campaign. One is that Warren has been on the political scene for less than a decade - which will help her fight back against the idea that she's part of an entrenched political class that requires uprooting.

In response to that video this fall, Trump called Warren a racial slur, as he has often before.

That Warren finally made a decision to get a DNA test and release it was an unmistakable sign of her 2020 intentions, but it also went poorly.

"I don't have binders full of bankers and CEOs to call for ginormous checks to launch this committee-in fact, majority aren't going to like what I'm doing and will probably spend their money somewhere else". But it also risks emphasizing anger at a time when Democrats are divided over whether they instead should seek out a more optimistic and unifying nominee.