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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced on December 31st that she would be launching an exploratory committee to look forward at the 2020 election. While this does not mean that she will be running for President in 2020, there is now an extremely high probability that she will.
An exploratory committee essentially “tests the waters” of public opinion by polling, telephone calls, and more to see if the potential candidate has a chance of winning the primaries. The committees also create a much-needed political buzz around potential candidates, more so than speculated candidates. In the case of Elizabeth Warren, announcing her exploratory campaign has brought her back into the center of focus, as she may be one of the first candidates to announce campaigning against President Trump. Exploratory committees can also create a legal shell for those looking to spend excess money, without forming an actual campaign yet. If you were looking to spend more than $5,000 on campaigning but did not want to register and have that money regulated just yet, you could form an exploratory committee and that would protect you from any legal trouble with pre-mature campaign financing.
Elizabeth Warren is a United States Senator for Massachusetts. She has sponsored or co-sponsored many bills in her time in the Senate, her latest being the Museum and Library Services Act of 2018, signed by the President on New Year’s Eve. Her website, www.warren.senate.gov lists her achievements, her media coverage and her oversight of other congressional districts in office.
Senator Warren’s relationships with other politicians is where she could possibly be facing a deficit while contemplating a 2020 run, however. For instance, Donald Trump, in his early days in the presidency, has been quoted calling her “Pocahontas” in response to her using her alleged Native American background to get into Harvard. She later announced that she had, in fact, taken a DNA test in which she found out she was 1/1024th Native American. In turn, many Republicans throughout the Senate, no longer take her seriously.
As Senator Warren looks deeper into the exploratory committee and 2020 campaign bid, one thing is safe to say. Senator Warren may be one of the bigger-name Democrats, however, she will be faced enormous amounts of competition in the Democratic Primaries.