Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Warren plans Iowa trip in another step toward 2020 campaign

Warren plans Iowa trip in another step toward 2020 campaign

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.

"This is where it begins, person-to-person, town-to-town, across Iowa and across the country", she said, igniting cheers.

For someone known for her ability to rouse crowds with her takedowns of Wall Street and Trump, Warren ignited her audience in Iowa by promising, in her trademark style, to "persist".

Political observers spent this week wondering why the MA senator rushed to become the first major Democrat to announce for 2020.

"I hope to see somebody fighting for middle class, and I've seen her fight for middle class, so I believe she can do it", one woman in line said. "And then you came into a bigger part and there were cages set out with little girls in them", Warren said, her voice cracking.

In October, her announcement of DNA results that she claimed showed she had between 0.1 percent and 1.6 percent ancestry in common with natives of Peru, Mexico, and Colombia was widely panned by Native American tribes, and critics on both the left and the right.

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President Donald Trump famously refers to Warren as Pocahontas, and many social media memes peg her as Faux-cahontas. "I think that's how most Democrats feel, have another election and see what we can get, see if we can fix some problems", she said. "We have to have an immigration system that understand the difference the threat posed by criminals and terrorists and 9-year-old girls", she said.

"I think she's gonna get questions about it, I told her".

Warren made her Iowa debut calling for economic fairness in front of a cheering crowd of Iowa and Nebraska Democrats at a Council Bluffs, Iowa, bowling alley. Elizabeth Warren pledged her salary to HIAS, the Jewish immigration advocacy group, as long as the government is shut down.

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Warren refused to address the concern over her dubious claim of Native heritage, which seemingly gave her a leg-up with a job at Harvard, and continued to speak of the shutdown to reporters.

Warren's visit is an effort to gain an early advantage in the state. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, another likely 2020 presidential contender. "Every Democratic candidate for president has got to tell themselves Iowa is winnable, but we can't do it the way Clinton did it".

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