RNC knocks Warren as 'out of touch' and 'extreme' after presidential announcement

The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday quickly criticized Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE (D-Mass.) as a "far-left obstructionist" in the wake of the announcement that she intends to explore a presidential bid in 2020.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel called Warren "out of touch" and seized on the senator's claim to Native American ancestry, deeming it a "phony claim to minority status."

"Now that she is formally running Americans will see her for what she is: another extreme far-left obstructionist and a total fraud," McDaniel said in a statement. "Voters know President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE’s agenda gets results and they will make their voices heard at the ballot box in 2020."

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Warren announced Monday morning that she is forming an exploratory committee to run for the White House, becoming the most prominent Democrat thus far to wade into the 2020 presidential race.

The senator made the announcement in a video sent to supporters and posted on YouTube that highlighted her family history, lamented the struggles of the middle class and laid out her desire to address economic issues.

Warren, 69, was first elected to the Senate in 2012. She burnished her reputation in the aftermath of the financial crisis and led efforts to rein in big banks and address economic inequality.

She sought to get out in front of potential criticism of her claims of Native American ancestry by releasing the results of a DNA test in October that showed "strong evidence" she had Native American ancestors.

The move led to criticism from Native American groups and Trump, who refers to Warren by the racially charged name "Pocahontas."

Warren is likely to be one of many Democratic contenders for the party's presidential nomination in 2020. Other potential candidates include former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenBiden calls for unity, jabs at Trump in campaign launch Here are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax MORE (D-Texas), and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off Hillicon Valley: Florida county that backed Trump was one of two hacked by Russians | Sandberg pushes back on calls to break up Facebook | Conservative groups ask WH to end Amazon talks over Pentagon contract MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights MORE (D-N.J.).

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced earlier this month that he had set up an exploratory committee for a White House bid.

A CNN poll of Iowa voters released earlier this month showed Biden leading the field of prospective candidates, followed by Sanders, O'Rourke and then Warren.