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Official portrait of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo: US Senate
Official portrait of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo: US Senate

Is Elizabeth Warren a potential challenger for Trump in the 2020 presidential election?

Massachusetts senator gives interview to Guardian and calls out Obama and Democrats for losing way on economy.

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British newspaper The Guardian interviewed Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren while promoting her new book, "This Fight Is Our Fight," amid speculation bout her plans for the 2020 presidential election.

Speaking at the opening of the National Rifle Association exhibition in Atlanta on Friday, President Donald Trump predicted a surfeit of candidates to challenge him in 2020. “You’ll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you’re going to say, ‘No, sir, no thank you – no, ma’am,’” the president said. “Perhaps ma’am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that.”

Pocahontas is the racially charged term that Trump used on the campaign trail to dismiss Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American heritage.

With Bernie Sanders still a leading voice and energy coming from the progressive base, and centrist politics around the world in retreat, it might be tempting for the Democrats to turn left,  Elizabeth Warren – who grew up in deep red Oklahoma but now lives in Massachusetts, the state of the Kennedys – frames the question in a different way. Again, she demonstrates a willingness to criticise her own party, as reported in The Guardian.

In the interview, Elizabeth Warren delivered an unsubtle criticism of former President Barack Obama, saying the former president and other politicians are out of touch with "the lived experiences of most Americans."

"I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talks about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots. That GDP, unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans. And the lived experiences of most Americans (are) that they are being left behind in this economy," Warren said. "Worse than being left behind, they're being kicked in the teeth."

Read the full interview in The Guardian. 

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