Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became the first Democrat to declare her intention to run for President in 2020 against whoever it is the Republican Party chooses as its standard bearer.
Sen. Warren, 69, a staunch foe of bloated defense spending and economic inequality, on Monday took the first major step toward launching her expected campaign for the presidency.
“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” said Sen. Warren. “To be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and take care of the people we love: That’s what I’m fighting for and that’s why today I’m launching an exploratory committee for president.”
While a supporter of a strong military, Warren has repeatedly railed against the Pentagon’s “bloated defense budget.” She’s also said it’s time to end “the stranglehold of … the so-called Big Five defense contractors” that are the chief causes of bloated defense budgets that take away money from needed social services.
“The defense industry will inevitably have a seat at the table, but they shouldn’t get to own the table,” said Sen. Warren. “It is time to identify which programs actually benefit American security in the 21st century, and which programs merely line the pockets of defense contractors — then pull out a sharp knife and make some cuts.”
She is also a vociferous foe of nuclear weapons. Warren has repeatedly urged the Pentagon not to develop more nuclear weapons or modernize the existing arsenal. She also demands a New START Treaty until 2026 and wants the U.S. to officially declare a “No-First-Use” policy for nuclear weapons.
She announced her candidacy weeks after she made a foreign policy championing a smaller defense budget,; a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and a No First Use nuclear weapons policy.
She said the U.S. needs to refocus its international economic policies so they benefit all Americans, not just wealthy elites.
“At the same time, we must refocus our security policies by reining in unsustainable and ill-advised military commitments and adapt our strategies overseas for the new challenges we’ll face in this coming century.”
Sen. Warren will have to contend with at least two dozen Democrats that have indicated their intention to run for President in 2020. It remains uncertain is Donald Trump will win the Republican Party nomination for president given his massive unpopularity both at home and abroad.
The increasingly isolated Trump on Jan. 4 will also have to contend with a House of Representatives dominated by the Democrats, who have vowed to exert more oversight on him and his decisions. Some Democrats also want Trump impeached at the soonest possible time.
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