The 2020 Democratic primary has begun in earnest, and Warren's hiring of top Iowa campaign staffers and her three-day visit to the state-she will travel to Ankeny for a roundtable with local women's leaders on Sunday-showed she will be a force in the race.
"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.
"I don't think most people know her personal story", said John Norris, who was the Iowa state director for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and an unsuccessful candidate for governor in the state a year ago. "And it needs to stop". Elizabeth Warren made key political hires in Iowa on Wednesday, signaling her intention to mount a strong campaign in the leadoff caucus state ahead of her first trip there as a likely presidential candidate. Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro is expected to formally announce a bid soon, and other candidates ― including everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to California Sen.
"This is how it starts".
Warren started her visit to Iowa on Friday with an event in Council Bluffs and continued throughout the weekend. After she goes to Council Bluffs on Friday, she will appear in a grand theater in Sioux City on Saturday before heading to a roundtable in Storm Lake and another event in Des Moines.
"I've said it before", the host said, "Democrats need a candidate who can beat Donald Trump".
"We need big structural change", she said, her voice strained from speaking and the onset of laryngitis. "Let me say something about this fight".
She also boasted about her work creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, her defeat of GOP Sen. But another voter in the crowd, Leif Erickson, is not so sure she is.
During an event in Sioux City on Saturday morning, an audience member asked Warren about her decision to take a DNA test and release the results of her miniscule Native American ancestry.
She's fighting to gain attention and support in what could be the most crowded Democratic presidential field ever; fighting the negative perceptions of her peculiar DNA test rollout showing a distant Native American ancestor; fighting an economic system she insists is rigged, on the heels of a hugely positive jobs report. "I am not a person of color, I am not a citizen of a tribe".
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That effort is created to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown. Later in the afternoon, Trump told reporters, "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency".
'Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. "I am grateful, but I am also determined". "I can't stop him from hurling racial insults".
Just five days ago Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren put her hat in the ring to run for President.
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Trump has frequently ridiculed Warren for taking the test and most recently tweeted out a fake bumper sticker mocking Warren's claims of American Indian heritage.
Warren's staff logged the names and contact information for those interested in more information.
The Democrat from MA is the first high-profile figure to announce an exploratory committee and has picked up staff from other presidential campaigns, hitting the ground early.
It's important to remember that although Senator Sanders has sought Democratic nominations, he is actually an independent.
Hotchkin, a Des Moines resident who wore a pink 2020 Feel The Bern! hat and voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election, said he was now considering Warren and Sanders.
Linda Drury, 62, of Holstein, Iowa, said she was impressed with Warren.