Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Warren’s trip to Iowa tests themes for a likely 2020 run

Warren’s trip to Iowa tests themes for a likely 2020 run

On immigration, the issue that has drawn the US government to a halt, Warren spoke of a trip to the border she recently took. In all, more than 1,000 people packed into the venue and spilled into an overflow area. 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. Outgoing Maryland Rep. John Delaney is the only Democrat so far to have formally announced a presidential campaign. In fact, the Cherokee Nation, of which Warren claims to be a blood member, rebuked the MA senator for even daring to claim Cherokee ancestry without going through the proper channels or providing anything in the way of proof she's a descendant of anyone of Native ancestry. 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. "Is this going to be a Democratic primary that truly is a grassroots movement, that is funded by the grassroots, that's done with grassroots volunteers?" In October, Warren released the results of her DNA test, which shows "strong evidence" of some Native American ancestry. "But I still don't know enough about Sen. It's too early for me to say".

Warren strayed little from the fairness and anti-corruption themes throughout the day.

Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, the weekend events had all the trappings of a full-blown campaign.

Kane Miller, who was campaign manager for Abby Finkenauer, has also joined Warren's Iowa team, according to a source familiar with the development.

The Iowa caucuses are still thirteen months away, but as the earliest state to choose a candidate in the primary calendar, the calculations voters make in Iowa often trickle into other states.

An e-mail sent to supporters stated, "I never in a zillion years thought I was going to run for office - any office". For the remaining time, she answered questions from audience members. "I think we're just off track, we're off track as a country and we have to get back on center".

That poll found 65 percent of likely caucus-goers viewed Warren favorably, and 20 percent saw her unfavorably. But she says she put this all out there because it's a line of attack Republicans have been using, and she feels like she just needed to address this. Warren has also steered clear of some national progressive hits, like "Medicare-for-all", which she hasn't mentioned through her first few stops.

"We'll see how she does". But he thinks that path to victory is tied to how genuine a candidate seems, regardless of whether that turns off some people.

"Across Iowa and then across America", Warren told a crowd of about 500 in Council Bluffs.

"That usually doesn't happen". The formation of the committee allows Warren to begin fundraising and hire campaign staffers before her official announcement. I don't have binders full of bankers and CEOs to call for ginormous checks to launch this committee - in fact, a lot of them aren't going to like what I'm doing and will probably spend their money somewhere else.

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