Elizabeth Warren of MA strode into Iowa Friday with all the look of a presidential candidate, igniting pent-up Democratic frustration with her brand of fiery liberalism in the premier caucus state.
Smith, a financial data analyst who says she sees herself in Warren's "nerdy" personality, wondered why the MA senator made a decision to announce her exploratory committee ahead of other candidates, a move she predicted would be more necessary for people with less name recognition.
Warren said that Washington "works great for the wealthy and the well-connected" but that it needs to work for everybody else. "It's not enough to just to talk the talk, we've got to be willing to get out and walk the walk", said Warren.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the most prominent figure in the Democratic presidential race so far and she's setting the tone for what she expects from her competitors. She announced earlier this week an Iowa team that already includes Emily Parcell, then-Sen.
"I'd say 98 percent of my Sanders friends are decidedly not supportive of Warren", said Eileen Ehlers, of Hooksett, New Hampshire, a progressive activist and former state representative. "I see it firsthand". And, we need to call it out for what it is: "corruption, pure and simple", said Warren.
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"First of all, [Vermont Senator] Bernie Sanders will beat her and a lot of others", he predicts.
In late 2018, Warren took a DNA test that was consistent with the her having a single Native American ancestor. Some critics complained that the genetic analysis cheapened the identities of tribal members with deeper ties. This was all stated Monday night, after Warren's announcement. How did we get here? Her first speech was in the western part of the state where she sounded like she was on the campaign trail. "I think people will find her interesting".
Bob Oakes spoke with Des Moines Register political reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel on Warren's visit to the Hawkeye State for Morning Edition.
Warren also slammed Trump as a "grifter and a scammer" who gives "giant tax giveaways to the billionaires, to the big corporations and a harder and harder squeeze for working families".