Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Full Speech in Des Moines

Arturo Kim
January 7, 2019

"It's just way early".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit the Hawkeye State Saturday, becoming the first Democratic contender to formally vie for the nation's top job next year.

Warren, 69, is the first of the better-known national Democratic presidential prospects to announce an exploratory committee and set course for Iowa, marking the unofficial start in the campaign for the caucuses, scheduled for February 2020. She has not campaigned there in years, and while her economic message may resonate with voters, she may find some discomfort with her willingness to tangle so openly with the president and other Republicans.

Rosslyn Scheideman came out to the Des Moines event with her daughter and praised Warren's advocacy for consumers, but she was also high on one billionaire who could be a 2020 candidate: Tom Steyer.

The test results suggested Warren could have had a Native American ancestor many generations ago, which she described as the difference between ancestry and having a connection to a tribe, something Warren says she never claimed. She spoke about her working-class upbringing in Oklahoma and vowed to tackle corruption and inequality, arguing that "Washington works great for those with money but not for anyone else". These are over her claims of native ancestry. Warren said, when asked by reporters about the tweet. In order to disparage her as a politician, Trump adopted the racially charged nickname "Pocahontas" for Sen.

"It's important for everybody this year".

Although if Mr Trump was seriously challenged in a primary, history shows he would be unlikely to then win the general election.

Warren's weekend itinerary includes a mix of small and large events.

Despite the friendly reception that Warren received, retired teacher Carla Hawkins of Council Bluffs was far from ready to commit.

She has been spending big on social media advertising and, in a classic sign of an impending presidential run, is about to release a memoir.

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She says she has no doubt the MA senator would do a good job.

Like her colleague and ideological ally Sen.

The questioner, though, seemed less concerned about the offense the test caused to some Native Americans than its potential to fuel President Donald Trump's attacks.

"I'm ready for 2020 to start", said Brooke Smith, a lifelong Democrat from the neighboring state of Nebraska.

Progressives who wanted to draft Warren to run for president in 2016 kicked off their campaign in the state. Bernie Sanders during his presidential run in 2016 - or hamper it.

Here is what you need to know about Warren's trip. "Took a while, but just put it all out there", Warren said. Like numerous voters who came to see Warren, the Slatterys were just starting to take a look at the Democratic field and had a ways to go before making decisions about any potential candidates.

'I can't stop Donald Trump from what he's going to do, ' Warren said. "I think people are probably going to bring it up, I think they're going to talk about it", McCoy said. Warren's speech lasted just under 20 minutes.

"When it's a state like Iowa, folks get a chance to actually get to know the candidates and be vetted in a way that may not be possible in a bigger state", Price said. "I don't think that does any good", said Punteney, the chair of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party, who said he is nevertheless looking for a candidate "who's definitely going to stand up for themselves".

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.

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