Elizabeth Warren's whirlwind week ends with a new test in Iowa

Geneva Stokes
January 5, 2019

"I think I'm going to mention just in passing-to try to generate a laugh, if I can-that the county seat of the county just east of here, the county seat is named Pocahontas", he said.

After questions, Warren got of stage and mingled with supporters.

"There's going to be so many candidates this year", said Scott Punteney, chair of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party.

"You'd have to ask her psychiatrist", he said earlier this week when asked if Warren thought she could win. She campaigned for former Rep. Bruce Braley when he ran unsuccessfully for Senate against Republican Joni Ernst. Warren is making her first visit to Iowa this weekend as a likely presidential candidate, testing how her brand of fiery liberalism plays in the nation's premier caucus state.

Warren's event started at 6 p.m., and there were lines of people ready to hear what the senator had to say. I hope she does well. She was responding to a young woman who said she'd arrived in the country as a refugee and wanted to know Warren's policy recommendations for immigration reform.

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Camenker also points out Warren will be competing with fellow liberals in the primaries. "I wish I could just open the door and have lots of folks in, but this is a way to do it", she said, adding that her beer of choice is Michelob Ultra, what she called "the club soda of beers".

Iowa's caucuses will not be held for another 13 months in February of 2020. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is planning to introduce, following tireless advocacy by the youth-led Sunrise Movement.

Warren's willingness to take on Trump in Twitter tangles and pointed public speeches could give some voters additional pause. Other Democratic presidential prospects are expected to announce their plans in the coming weeks, and have been in touch for weeks with party leaders, activists and potential staff in Iowa. Pat Rynard, a political blogger in Iowa, wrote that it was "noteworthy" Warren had already taken a considerable bite out of the universe of Iowa political staffers.

Through joint fundraising PACs like the Elizabeth Warren Fund, candidates can coordinate fundraising efforts with one another and other political action committees, allowing donors to contribute large amounts of money that the entities split.

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