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 WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets O'Rourke rips Bill O'Reilly: The problem with our economy is 'a disgraced TV host like you makes millions' O'Rourke on whether mass shooters would hand over weapons: 'I expect our fellow Americans to follow the law' MORE (D-Texas), and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis 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.