A number of Democrats are doing the things you do when starting a possible presidential campaign. Multiple news outlets have pointed to recent actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the runner-up in the 2016 primaries.
Elizabeth Warren is also on that list. Many know her as a senator from Massachusetts. But she's someone who was born and grew up in Oklahoma City "on the ragged edge of the middle class." Warren, who went by Betsy Herring as a child, started waiting tables at her aunt's restaurant by the age of 13. She graduated from Northwest Classen High School at 16 and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She taught in an elementary school and after her first daughter was 2, Warren went to law school. After teaching at Harvard Law School, she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Here is the latest story about what Warren is doing to prepare for the election, posted by the New York Times:
RENO, Nev. — During a campaign-style tour of the West late last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren did not announce she was running for president. But in private events and public speeches, her message about 2020 was as clear as it was rousing.
In Salt Lake City, Ms. Warren urged Democrats to turn out in force for the midterm elections to build momentum for the next presidential race, and in Denver, she told a meeting of state legislators and trial lawyers that she wanted to be a tribune for lower-income Americans, according to people who attended the events. And in a speech to the Nevada Democratic Party in Reno, Ms. Warren said Democrats must do more than “drive Donald Trump and his enablers out of power.”
“I want a party strong enough to take on the hard job of cleaning up the mess they’ll leave behind once they are gone,” Ms. Warren declared, all but volunteering for the task.
Before the trip and since, Ms. Warren and her emissaries have been reaching out to key Democratic officeholders in Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina — three states early in the presidential primary calendar — making introductions and offering help in the midterm campaign. Altogether, her moves are among the most assertive steps taken by any Democrat to prepare for 2020.