Warren Fights for Early Democratic Position in Iowa Campaign Swing

Warren Fights for Early Democratic Position in Iowa Campaign Swing

At campaign events across Iowa, from Council Bluffs to Sioux City to Storm Lake to Des Moines, Warren said her politics and policies are informed by her own story: growing up in Oklahoma in a family that struggled financially, and that for a time, got by on her mother's minimum wage job.

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The Warren campaign attempted to portray the crowd at the event as very large, tweeting a four-second video - sped up and continually looped to create the impression of a very large crowd - that said it was the "First event in Iowa, first overflow line in Iowa!"

In Sioux City on Saturday, Warren attempted to defuse the controversy surrounding her false claims of Native American ancestry and delivered a carefully scripted response to a friendly question from the audience about why she had taken a DNA test and released the results in October showing she had between 0.1 percent and 1.6 percent DNA in common with people from Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. - and that is preventing working-class families from getting ahead.

"I am not a person of color", Warren responded. I have a feeling she will say no. Warren's answer - on the stump, at least - is to cast him as a He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, using her time in Iowa to lay out a scathing picture of a dysfunctional economic and political system without explicitly naming him as the villain.

The senator from MA made almost identical pitches on her five-town, three-day tour of the western side of the state, projecting energy and eagerness to engage with voters even as she was hobbled by a cold that made her voice raspy.

But when Warren released the results of a DNA test last fall, meant to document those claims and prove him wrong, she was roundly criticized for taking his bait and giving him more fodder for ridicule.

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For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. She had been left in a vegetative state (awake but with no signs of awareness) for over 10 years after nearly drowning.

But Kim Boeke, a 65-year-old Democrat who arrived at Warren's event in Ankeny with a Warren bumper sticker pinned to her Hillary Clinton T-shirt, said she wanted to hear Warren talk directly and pointedly about the president.

Pledging to forsake corporate contributions if she runs for president, Warren challenged her Democratic competitors to do likewise.

"I am grateful to America, down to my toes", she said. "Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference".

She aimed directly at voters tempted by President Donald Trump's angry populism in 2016 but avoided mentions of Trump himself nearly entirely. "It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven".

Warren added, "What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families". He is a self-described "centrist" who has vocally supported Clinton, which may suggest that his battle for the nomination against the "outsider" Warren might end up repeating some familiar themes from the 2016 primaries. "On those core values", including education and preexisting conditions, she said, "we're pretty much on the same page".

Her route across the state includes stops in deep blue Polk County, as well as events in western and rural Iowa where Republicans substantially outnumber Democrats. And he anticipated voters would be ready for Warren's message.

"Trump says Make America Great Again, but he's making corporations great - he doesn't give a sh_t about us, and his flunkies don't care either", said Dana Evans, 69, of Aurelia, Iowa, president of Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Iowa.

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