Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken the first steps towards throwing her hat into the ring as a candidate for president in the 2020 race for the White House.
In a video message and email to her supporters, the Democratic senator for Massachusetts announced that she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of an expected campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Warren is the first Democratic candidate with a national profile to take formal action towards a presidential campaign, reports CNN.
In the four-and-a-half minute video, Warren emphasised the themes of economic equality, reigning in big corporations, social justice and racial equality.
As soon as the news was announced, people took to Twitter to share their views.
Some were overjoyed at the prospect of a Warren presidency.
Elizabeth Warren running for president. ❤️ I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. 🙌🏼🌎
Warren is a searing critic of president Donald Trump, which has resulted in him constantly mocking her Native American ancestry, and referring to her as 'Pocahontas'.
In October, she decided to take a DNA test to prove her ancestry, a decision which fell flat with many Democrats, as well as being widely criticised within the Native American community. Warren first announced her ancestry in 2012, during her Senate race.
However, these early missteps are unlikely to dampen the support she still has among the Democrats' most progressive members.
Speaking to CNN, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green said:
Elizabeth Warren, on a visceral level, is fighting for everyday people and against powerful interests and that comes through with an authenticity this moment demands.
There are different theories on being effective, but she believes in picking issues that are super popular and forging coalitions to win on those issues.