Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

If Warren has strong feelings about ethanol, an important issue for Iowa voters and favorite means for out-of-state candidates to pander to them, she hasn't yet let on.

Warren recently established an Exploratory Committee to help her decide whether to pursue a 2020 bid for office.

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

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to be out and listen to people who are working hard and playing by the rules and trying to hold it together every day", Warren said in an interview at the Capitol on Thursday, shortly before being sworn in to a second term.

'Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. She is not a citizen of any tribe.

Elizabeth Warren embarked on a four-city tour in Iowa over the weekend after announcing she was launching an exploratory committee for president.

Warren compared the efforts involved in how she wanted to remake America to those of the abolitionists, the suffragettes, and the civil rights movement.

"Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong", Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. No wonder she was a big hit on her regular appearances on the Jon Stewart show before she was in the Senate.

"This is just the beginning, I'm excited to see it start", said Lisa Koch, 48, an attorney from Council Bluffs who said she was a long-time fan of Warren's but anxious her gender, age or combative approach might turn off some voters.

But Warren, 69, had Iowa to herself this weekend, and she used the time to make contacts with prominent state activists and court crowds with promises to fight what she called a rigged economic system that favors the wealthy. Warren is already a national figure, and she has established herself as a leader of the Democratic opposition to Trump.

Warren added, "What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families".

In Iowa, Warren said her childhood in Oklahoma shaped her populist economic views. Today, a minimum wage job in America full-time will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty.

Barcus, a school teacher in the Des Moines area, hasn't made his mind up, but the success of Democrats in the most recent midterm elections has got him energized. In her opening foray, Warren has seemed content to continue on that path, advocating for Medicaid not just as a program for the poor but also as one that benefits seniors and Americans suffering from mental illness, while assailing the "shameful" behavior of insurance companies.

Also notable are Warren's relatively low approval ratings - a December Quinnipiac University poll pegged her at only 30 percent favorability.

She unveiled a raft of staff hires last week. But here in Iowa, the consensus is the party needs someone who can go into rural neighborhoods and try to win them over. "She's battle-tested, and she's like the tortoise that gets the hares", he said, even though he is also interested in other potential candidates like Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen.

Local Democrats said they were anxious to start focusing on picking a challenger for Trump, although most said it was way too early for them to commit to a candidate.

But late a year ago despite saying she did not want to make a third run for the White House, she also added "I'd like to be president". "I'm going to stay focused on that all the way through". "And what matters to us is that everybody gets a fighting chance". "I'm in this fight because it's been the fight of my lifetime".

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