Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

KHALID: You're right. You know, Michel, the president, President Trump, has this history of calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas, right?

Warren is the first major candidate to announce running for president, beating out several other well-known Democrats who are expected to announce whether they are running in the next few months.

That's after the 2020 aspirant suffered setbacks past year, when she was widely criticized for the clumsy October release of the results of a DNA test in an attempt to address her previous Native American ancestry claims.

Politico ran a piece comparing Warren's likability issues to those of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She can prove tone deaf, as her attempt to prove her Native American ancestry proved. Warren has also steered clear of some national progressive hits, like "Medicare-for-all", which she hasn't mentioned through her first few stops.

Warren started her visit to Iowa on Friday with an event in Council Bluffs and continued throughout the weekend. I'm not a citizen of a tribe.

'I can't stop Donald Trump from what he's going to do, ' Warren said. The Cherokee Nation said Warren was making a mockery out of DNA tests and was "undermining tribal interests". Tribal citizenship is difference from ancestry. "I hope she does well".

"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 past year. Randal James Thom taunted Warren and brandished a pro-Trump sign as she greeted supporters. In the huge field of potential presidential Democratic candidates, there's a degree of nuance on these issues.

During her Saturday campaign event in the packed Orpheum Theater, the first question from an attendee was: "Why did you undergo DNA testing and give Donald more fodder to be a bully?"

The response echoes an effort campaign exploratory committee made earlier this week, deflecting concerns about Warren's claims to Native American ancestry by comparing those concerns to "birtherism", or the theory among first Clinton-supporting Democrats and then Republicans that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya not Hawaii, and was operating under a fake or forged birth certificate.

Warren hired Kane Miller, who managed Democrat Abby Finkenauer's winning campaign over GOP U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in Iowa, and Janice Rottenberg, who led the Iowa Democratic Party's coordinated campaign and was credited with helping the party win two GOP-held U.S. House seats and gain ground in the state legislature. And then she said this, actually, though, more specifically about President Trump. We're looking ahead to 2020. "Being shrill with them is I think entirely appropriate". She was afraid Warren might come off as angry, but "that's not anger, that's passion".

The announcement that Warren, a liberal from MA, will shut down the Elizabeth Warren Action Fund, came from her spokeswoman, Kristen Orthman.

That poll found 65 percent of likely caucus-goers viewed Warren favorably, and 20 percent saw her unfavorably.

"They were already attacking her before she even ran because everybody suspected she was going to run anyway", Smith said -- and if getting out early helps Warren fundraise, "power to her".

Warren's desire to be relatable came full circle during her trip to Iowa, in which she awkwardly "admitted" to purchasing things on Amazon when asked about internet regulation.

But even some of those most inclined towards Warren in the primary wondered about general election electability.

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