Democrat Warren takes economic message to Iowa in kickoff to 2020 race

A competitive primary won't hurt Democrats' chances to defeat Trump in 2020

When Elizabeth Warren walks into a gray-walled event space in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday evening, she will effectively kick off a presidential primary contest that is already making Democrats' heads spin. "That's why I'm in this fight".

Speaking about why she chose to take the test, which drew criticism from Native Americans, Warren said she was acting in the interest of transparency. Instead, her use of a genetic test to prove ethnicity spurred controversy that seemed to blunt any argument she sought to make.

Warren, who left Friday for Iowa, visited Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Sioux City. I'm not a citizen of a tribe.

The exploratory committee's website even went so far as to imply questioning Warren's claims was "racist" to Native Americans in general, even though Warren herself has used age-old racist stereotypes about Native Americans - that they have "high cheekbones" - as "proof" of her lineage, and took part in compiling a cookbook called "Pow Wow Chow", supposedly to honor her family's Cherokee ancestors. He formed his exploratory committee last month.

The move to end her joint funding PAC, which Sen. "Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship", she said, adding that she understands a difference between having an "ancestry" and being a tribe member. "I am grateful, but I am also determined". This morning in Sioux City was the first time I'd really directly heard this.

"I'm glad you asked that question", Warren said.

The senator began her three-day tour of the state just across the border from Nebraska, in a humble bar and grill that held a crowded group of supporters and intrigued voters in a standing room, plus a large group standing outside in the weather - luckily, a balmy temperature for Iowa in the winter.

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.

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Warren's visit this weekend, four days after announcing she is exploring a run for president, will be a crucial test of her appeal beyond her base in MA, but Iowa could be a tricky battleground. Elizabeth Warren is introducing herself to influential Iowa Democrats by telling her personal story of economic opportunity, trying to lay claim in the emerging 2020 presidential field as a champion for a middle class she says is withering under President Donald Trump.

"She is not going to take any crap from Trump", said Denny Carney, a retiree from Des Moines. Of course, the first caucuses and primaries are a year away, and a lot can happen between now and then.

Conservatives have attacked Warren for claiming Cherokee heritage in order to gain favour for jobs that helped boost her career, something her former employers have said did not play a role in the hiring process. "While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there's a ceiling on her popularity; Republican governor Charlie Baker garnered more votes than her in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven".

Also notable are Warren's relatively low approval ratings - a December Quinnipiac University poll pegged her at only 30 percent favorability. "I think we're just off track, we're off track as a country and we have to get back on center".

"I'm ready for something good, something better", she said.

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.

Warren also has some other issues.

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