On the last day of 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren formalized her intentions for 2020. In a big-theme-hitting, four-and-a-half-minute video message on Monday, Warren announced she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of a presidential run. In doing so, she became the first Democratic heavyweight out of the blocks and ensured the media’s next round of horse-race coverage could start in earnest going into the new year — a full 22 months before the 2020 election.
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#Warren’s candidacy recalls some 2016 pitfalls for the press: for “Hillary’s emails” see “DNA test,” for “crooked Hillary” see “Pocahontas,” for “cold and unlikable” see “cold and unlikable.” Early coverage of her bid foreshadowed these tropes. Me for @CJR https://t.co/91FxbedV73
— Jon Allsop (@Jon_Allsop) January 2, 2019