The genetic tests irked some Democrats who argued that Warren was playing into the hand of her opponents, including President Trump, who has nicknamed her "Pocahontas." Elizabeth Warren is finding friendly faces in unfriendly territory for Democrats on her first trip to Iowa since announcing she will nearly certainly challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
Before Warren spoke Saturday in Iowa, Judy Plank, a Democrat who had driven down from Le Mars, about a half-hour north, said she was concerned Warren had, in publicizing the results, set herself up for further ridicule from the President.
Her explanation came with a poorly-worded excuse: "Too much time with little people", which a spokesperson says was in reference to Warren's grandchildren. "This is corruption, pure and simple".
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA has made her Iowa debut with all the look of a presidential candidate, bringing her brand of liberalism to the nation's premier caucus state.
"This is how it starts".
Sioux City was the second stop of her four-city Iowa trip after Council Bluffs, where she kicked off her tour on Friday. All three locales are in counties Trump won handily in the 2016 election.
The 54-year-old, who hit the headlines for her tough questioning of Mr Trump's supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh and former attorney-general Jeff Sessions, has also been visiting states that hold early nominating contests. She said after the attacks she merely just wanted to "put it all out there".
Warren responded: 'What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families.
She also boasted about her work creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, her defeat of GOP Sen. 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.
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Warren's visit is an effort to gain an early advantage in the state.
The former first lady released her memoir Becoming late past year and it took just 15 days for it to become the highest-selling book published in the United States in 2018. Warren is the first major candidate to visit the state this political season.
Speculation around Warren running for president heated up over the last several months as she made moves like releasing her college records and a DNA test proving she could be anywhere between 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American, placing her ancestor six to 10 generations back.
"I am not a person of color". "I am not a citizen of a tribe". However, indigenous tribes quickly slammed the results as a stunt and said it is not acceptable to demonstrate "tribal affiliation". "I can't stop him from hurling racial insults". But hers is a distinct challenge, and a lonely one during this period when Warren stands as the lone, high-profile female presidential candidate. This week, he tweeted out a fake bumper sticker mocking the senator.
Warren also has some other issues.
McLain-Meister, a senior copy editor at a global advertising firm in Des Moines, likes Senator Warren but hasn't settled on a favorite candidate yet. Bernie Sanders as the Democratic front-runners.
Hotchkin, a Des Moines resident who wore a pink 2020 Feel The Bern! hat and voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election, said he was now considering Warren and Sanders.
While Iowa is expected to soon be overrun with Warren's would-be competitors, this weekend she had the place to herself.
The response from Warren on her heritage was prompted by an audience member during a question and answer portion following the senator's speech. And he anticipated voters would be ready for Warren's message.