MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – Senator Elizabeth Warren emphasized her populist platform and highlighted her humble beginnings when she made her first campaign stop in New Hampshire, the state that is traditionally the first primary of the presidential election season.
"This is our opportunity to dream big, to fight hard and make this a United States that works not only for the rich and powerful, but also for the United States that works for everyone," said the Liberal spokesman of Massachusetts. a crowd of several hundred. people at Manchester Community College.
Warren, who was re-elected in November for a second term in the Senate, argued that "we need to make a systemic change in this country, a real change."
Warren's visit was his first in the state since he launched a presidential exploratory committee almost two weeks ago.
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The presidential candidates from neighboring Massachusetts have a history of winning the nation's first primary. Think of Michael Dukakis in 1988, Paul Tsongas in 1992, John Kerry in 2004 and Mitt Romney in 2012.
But in an interview with Fox News, if New Hampshire was a state to be won, Warren would not answer directly.
Instead, he said: "I know there are many people who think about strategies and how all of this is supposed to work, but I am not a professional politician." My first time in electoral politics was when I first appeared in the Senate. a period ".
Another progressive leader, independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is seriously considering a second consecutive election to the White House. Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary in New Hampshire, and threw him into a marathon fight with the eventual candidate.
"I've known Bernie for a long time before getting involved in electoral politics," Warren said when asked how he could compete against Sanders if he launched a campaign. "Bernie and I are old friends and we have talked about many of the same problems for a long, long time."
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Warren's trip to New Hampshire came the day after another progressive lawmaker, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, announced her candidacy for the presidency. Other liberal legislators, such as Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, are also moving toward the race.
But Warren was not worried about the competition and said, "I think this is great."
He later told reporters "it's exciting that Democrats have so many ideas and so many people who want to go out and talk about them."
She said that "I have the biggest anti-corruption proposal since Watergate."
His proposals include ending "lobbying as we know it" and putting "more power in the hands of unions, more power in the hands of employees, more power in the hands of consumers." We have to directly attack the costs that working families face every day. "
And taking an opportunity before Republican President Trump without naming him, he asked that "all who apply for the federal public office put their tax returns online, all."
Trump, both as a candidate and president, has repeatedly refused to publish any of his federal tax returns.
Warren also highlighted his drive to build 3.2 million housing units across the country, called for the legalization of marijuana, the redress of the criminal justice system and received one of his biggest applause when he said "I believe in science."
"Climate change is real. We have a moral and economic responsibility in this country from now on, "he added.
And taking another indirect shot at the President, he argued that "we need a strong EPA led by someone who believes in science."
When asked why he did not directly mention the president, Warren explained that "I think we need to talk about our affirmative version."
But she added that "I am willing to fight, everyone knows that."
Warren also highlighted his working-class education in Oklahoma, saying "it was a bumpy road for me." I left school at age 19, I got married. "
He explained that "for those who think I was born at Harvard (University), in fact, I went to the state school of New Jersey, Rutgers, for $ 450 per semester."
When asked why he emphasized his early life during his years of experience at Harvard or the Senate, Warren said: "I think people want to know how it started and I was born and raised in Oklahoma, it's part of my story and it's always it will be ".
After his event in Manchester, Warren led a grand party in Concord at the home of former New Hampshire Senate President Sylvia Larsen.
Warren's visit to Granite State came days after a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to change the name of Columbus Day to indigenous peoples' day received its first committee hearing.
Warren, whose fall ad detailing his Native American heritage was criticized by many political and conservative experts, is a supporter of the name change.
"My opinion on this is why we do not want to honor the indigenous people. These were the people who were here. These were the people who in Massachusetts helped the first settlers to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and helped them survive those hard and difficult first years. I am in favor of honoring. I think that's a good thing for us, "he told Fox News.