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Elizabeth Warren: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren is a Massachusetts senator known for her consumer advocacy and efforts to weaken big financial institutions. Her brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was created in 2011.

Key facts about Elizabeth Warren:

  • Current position: Senator from Massachusetts — 6 years served
  • Age: 69
  • Born: Oklahoma City
  • Undergraduate: University of Houston
  • Date candidacy announced: Feb. 9, 2018
  • % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 13.2%
  • Previous roles: Law professor; member of Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the $700 billion TARP bank bailout program; named by President Obama to be a special adviser for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Elizabeth Warren's stance on key issues:

Key criticism of Elizabeth Warren:

  • Warren has taken heat for her claims of Native American heritage. She commissioned a DNA test in the fall of 2018 to prove she had Cherokee ancestry, which she later apologized for. In February, the Washington Post unearthed a State Bar of Texas registration card in which she listed her race as American Indian.
  • President Trump has seized on this issue, frequently pointing it out whenever he mentions her, and referring to Warren as "Pocahontas."

1 fun thing about Elizabeth Warren:

  • She was a state debate champion in Oklahoma and graduated high school at 16.

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