CONCORD – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came to the State House Wednesday saying she is excited to finally sign up as a candidate for president of the United States.
Warren said it was a special moment in her life, which fulfilled a lifelong dream to officially sign up to run for the highest office in the land.
Throngs of supporters lined the second floor of the State House, chanting her name. and hoping to catch a glimpse of Warren as she passed through the halls shaking hands.
Warren is considered a front-runner in New Hampshire and several other early voting states along with former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
After signing the paperwork and handing a $1,000 check to Secretary of State William Gardner, Warren sat down with local reporters and answered a few questions.
InDepthNH.org asked about the impeachment hearings and the issues going forward.
If President Donald Trump is impeached by the House, Warren said she has a constitutional duty to step off the campaign trail and sit in the Senate for the trial, likely in the days before the New Hampshire primary.
She said Trump has got to go.
Escorting her through the building was former state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly, a Democrat, state Rep. Ed Butler, D-Hart’s Location, and Attorney Ronald Abramson, a Warren campaign volunteer.
“This is our chance to make this government work,” Warren said. “I’ve noticed billionaires go on TV and cry. Other billionaires encourage their billionaire buddies to jump into the race. I believe that what our election should be about is grassroots.
“I’ve built something all across New Hampshire, all across the country, and we really shouldn’t have elections that are about billionaires calling all the shots, whether they are reaching in their pockets to fund their own elections or whether they are planning to get other people to run. For me, that is what is fun about being here right now on the ground in New Hampshire. It’s about being able to talk to people about why I am in the race, talking to people about what’s wrong and how to fix it on the ground and build that grassroots network to get it done,” she said. “I think that is what it should be about.”
After meeting with the press, Warren stepped into the Executive Council Chamber to shake the hand of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who wished her well.
Outside, on the lawn in the bitter cold, hundreds of Warren supporters were present for a brief rally.
Wearing not one but two hats and two jackets, Aaron Clifford of Manchester came to the State House along with his dog Hel and stood in the long selfie line to get a picture with Warren. The Laconia native was undeterred by the cold.
Warren has posed for more than 75,000 selfies on the campaign trail so far and has made it a signature part of her campaign style.
“Elizabeth Warren is 100 percent my candidate,” said Clifford, who noted if “Hel” had a vote, the dog would like the former Harvard professor turned U.S. Senator from Massachusetts to be the next president.
“My wife and I are fully behind Elizabeth and are thankful that she came to Concord today. New Hampshire is in our hearts and we are glad it is in Elizabeth’s heart as well and we hope she can do a lot for the country,” Clifford said.
Warren, 70, is a former academician who was born in Oklahoma City.
She said she supports ending Washington’s corruption, which works only for the wealthiest of the wealthy, she said. This includes a judiciary that she said seems to only work for the billionaires. She wants to rebuild the middle class by asking billionaires to pay more in taxes.
Warren is a vocal supporter of taking action against climate change and is concerned that voting laws be protected.
The New Hampshire primary will be held Feb. 11, 2020, and there are now about 90 days left for those who are campaigning to get their message out in the Granite State.
The last day to file for the state primary is Friday, and New Jersey’s Cory Booker is expected that day.