Iowa debut trip for potential 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren
Jan 06 2019
She's considering a 2020 presidential run with the goal of making life better for the middle class.
The 2020 campaign kicked off in earnest as the Democratic senator made her first visit to the Hawkeye State since announcing her likely bid.
"Washington works great for those with money but not for anyone else".
But if Warren has appeared entirely self-assured - in diving into the policy positions that she has been crusading for in Washington for years - "All right!" she cheered when an audience member in Sioux City began asking about internet regulations - her tone has changed when faced with questions about the 2016 election, a kind of riddle that she and so many other Democrats are still struggling to unwind.
Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, Friday's event had all the trappings of a full-throttle presidential campaign. So far she is the biggest name to enter what promises to be a crowded Democratic field, with at least two dozen others considering a run.
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.
Warren called for economic fairness in front of a cheering crowd of Iowa and Nebraska Democrats at a bowling alley.
"These are risky times for our country, and Iowa is going to play a big part in determining where we go next", said Warren.
Warren has been an emerging national figure for more than a decade as an advocate for consumer protection, now a senator and a regular target of President Donald Trump.
Warren's staff logged the names and contact information for those interested in more information.
High school senior Maggie Bashore said she was curious, but looking for someone younger than Warren, who is 69.
She made those issues the hallmark of her speech Saturday, speaking about her father's job as a janitor and her mother's decision to work at Sears to help the family.
"Today a minimum wage job in America full-time will not keep a momma and a baby out of poverty and that is wrong and that is why I'm in this fight", Senator Warren said. "That's why I'm in this fight".
In Sioux City, she grounded her pitch in her own family's life story, relating how they nearly fell into poverty when her father had a heart attack in middle age and her mother feared losing their house, which was saved when her mom got a minimum wage job.
"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 previous year. And then she said this, actually, though, more specifically about President Trump.
Like her colleague and ideological ally Sen.
Having recently named a team of seasoned Iowa campaign hands, Warren took the stage in the bowling alley bar to a typical campaign soundtrack of pop and classic hits.
In an apparent attempt to set the record straight, Warren acknowledged that she was not a minority.
'My decision was to put it all out there, ' Warren said. Elizabeth Warren of MA strode into Iowa Friday with all the look of a presidential candidate, igniting pent-up Democratic frustration with her brand of fiery liberalism in the premier caucus state.
She must also move past a widely panned October release of a DNA test meant to bolster her claim to Native American heritage. "I am grateful, but I am also determined". Tribal Citizenship is very different from ancestry. Her video notes the economic challenges facing people of color along with images of a women's march and Warren's participation at an LGBT event. "My decision was to put it all out there".