Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses Austinites at Vic Mathias Shores

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Democratic Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a rally in Austin at Vic Mathias Shores on Tuesday evening.

The Massachusetts Senator spoke for about two hours, addressing several issues that affect all Americans.

Warren spent 45 minutes sharing her personal story, a moment to let Texas voters really get to know her. She spoke of her childhood in Oklahoma, growing up poor, with her family worrying about losing their home.

Attendees said this was they type of personal interaction was what they were hoping to get out of their time on Tuesday.

“I’ve heard her on TV and everything but just get a better idea of what she’s standing for. She’s gone a little further in the race and just want to see how she’s doing. You can do that better by seeing someone in person,” said Denoa Griffin, who lives in Killeen.

Crowds line up to get inside of Warren’s Tuesday evening rally at Vic Mathias Shores (KXAN/Frank Martinez)

Key topics during the speech included climate change and Warren’s mission to offer free higher education opportunities for everyone. She also spoke about increasing wages for American families, saying:

“Minimum wage will not bring a family out of poverty.”

Warren also pushed against corporate corruption, specifically calling out American oil companies — a stance her opponents say could be her downfall.

“You saw them openly talking about eliminating fossil fuels, oil, gas, fracking. Things that have not only made the Texas economy boom, but the national economy,” said Marc Lotter, the director of strategic communications for Trump/Pence 2020.

“Elizabeth Warren’s pledge to eliminate fossil fuels, an industry that employs nearly 2 million individuals in Texas, will not go over well with voters in the Lone Star State. Whether she is proposing a government takeover of healthcare or advocating for open borders, it’s clear that Warren’s crippling socialist policies won’t stand the test against President Trump’s record of delivering on his promises.”

Trump Victory Spokesperson Samantha Cotten

According to the Warren campaign, around 5,000 people were in attendance on Tuesday night.

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