Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward 2020 presidential run

Hugh Fox
January 7, 2019

No wonder she was a big hit on her regular appearances on the Jon Stewart show before she was in the Senate.

Trump, who joined a chorus of Republicans in attacking Warren for years over her claim of being Native, has repeatedly used the racist nickname "Pocahontas" to mock Warren.

After questions, Warren got of stage and mingled with supporters.

"Hold on a sec", she said, addressing her Instagram followers moments after starting a live broadcast from her kitchen. "I think she's guilty of claiming she's been American Indian, but had no proof ... and then using it ... for political reasons ... that was all wrong but she did that this whole time".

That fight, of course, also involves President Trump, whom Warren notably made a point not to name during her stops in Iowa, unless prompted by a member of the audience.

Asked on Saturday why the Democratic left's signature policy proposal had not gotten a mention through two events, Warren demurred. "I think people are probably going to bring it up, I think they're going to talk about it", McCoy said.

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The issue was indeed a victor for Democrats running during the 2018 midterm elections. 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. On Saturday night, she won hearty applause when she called health care "a basic human right". She grew up in Oklahoma, and like so many others in that region of the country, had been told of her family's Native American roots.

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.

In her Iowa swing, the MA senator made a rare move in kicking off the Iowa campaign in the western, rural part of the state - Council Bluffs - deep Republican territory and the congressional district of conservative firebrand Rep. Steve King.

"This is an America that is working for those at the top and not anyone else, and that is why I'm here", Warren said at a Friday evening event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the first of five back-to-back speeches and meet-and-greets with voters planned for the weekend.

"But what I can do is, I can be in this fight for all of our family", Warren continued. "We gotta stay focused on what matters to us". "She comes across as real".

Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, Friday's event had all the trappings of a full-throttle presidential campaign.

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Democrats face lingering tensions between their most liberal voices such as Warren and the more pragmatic wing, which includes former Vice President Joe Biden and several former governors and mayors who are considering running.

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

Iowan Nicki Johnson, sporting a "Nevertheless, She Persisted" t-shirt, said she was undecided, but she too praised Warren for her conspicuous decision to not assail Trump.

Neither woman had heard about the "likability" flap, though Wertz smilingly proclaimed Warren "a very likable person".

"It's about making structural change", she said.

"Today, a minimum wage job in America, full time, will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty", she said, arguing the fight for the middle class has been her life's work as a teacher, professor and USA senator. "And it's a toxic world that has set us into this cycle of vicious debt".

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