Warren regains footing in Iowa blitz

Geneva Stokes
January 7, 2019

If there's a message from the vibrant crowds, it's that Iowa Democrats are far from tired of an impending 2020 campaign, despite a bruising midterm election fight.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit the Hawkeye State Saturday, becoming the first Democratic contender to formally vie for the nation's top job next year.

Warren will have the chance to forge more personal connections with the state's activists and powerbrokers, starting Saturday with about 20 Democratic activists at a private home in central Iowa and Sunday at a Des Moines cafe. Scott Brown in 2012, and legislation she passed that will drastically lower the cost of hearing aids.

KHALID: Well, I would say if you were to drill down Sen.

Speaking to a crowd of cheering supporters in Council Bluffs, Warren continued underscoring her message against corruption and targeting her message to middle class voters.

Her route across the state includes stops in deep blue Polk County, as well as events in western and rural Iowa where Republicans substantially outnumber Democrats. She also spent this weekend in Iowa, meeting with voters as she gets a head start over the twenty + potential candidates looking to challenge the president in the next election. Warren announced on December 31 that she was forming an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race.

ELIZABETH WARREN: You could pay a mortgage, you could keep the utilities on and you could put food on the table.

KHALID: And, Michel, really that is kind of the crux that we've been hearing from her in Iowa.

"When I said that she was kind of shrill, what I was talking about was yelling at bankers and so on", he said. She wants "to strengthen our unions, our workers and our consumers" while breaking the hold of an "army of lobbyists" occupying the capital, as she describes it, under the banners of "big corporations".

Warren is MA senior senator and known as a populist. And the two of them have had some notable scuffles, particularly on Twitter.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren informally kicked off the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating fight on a weekend visit to Iowa, condemning the corrupting influence of money on politics and lamenting lost economic opportunities for working families.

A better-than-expected finish in Iowa could position Warren well in New Hampshire, where she would be expected to perform well as a neighbor to the first-in-the-nation primary state. She was slammed by some tribal leaders for this.

Her next stop is Sioux City.

People in the room were called by number and able to ask Warren questions.

Asked about the DNA test she took previous year, Warren said she understands the difference between citizenship and ancestry.

"I'm here to ask every one of you to be a part of this", Warren said.

'Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference'.

At that point, Warren pivoted to her campaign's latest tactic for dispelling concerns over her wrongful appropriation of Native American culture and ancestry, reminding her audience that Donald Trump frequently makes "racially charged" comments.

While Warren may have been attempting to be relatable like her young Democratic colleagues - notably Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke - instead the moment lead to mockery and questions about Warren's "likability".

"I think people in rural Iowa are going to be more open to her message than they would be if things were booming", McCoy said, although he added that he believes she needs to address the rocky rollout of her DNA video in October, which drew criticism from both the left and the right. And I don't think she would let him do that.

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