Elizabeth Warren in Iowa: 'I am not a person of color'

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In mid-December, former Obama housing chief Julian Castro also announced a presidential exploratory committee, which legally allows potential candidates to begin raising money. Elizabeth Warren kicked off a 3-day tour of Iowa on a mission to fight.

Marilynn Leggio, 71, brought her teenage granddaughter with her to an Elizabeth Warren rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, last Friday evening.

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

"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 US senator. I'm grateful, and I'm determined.

Former Obama aide Tommy Vietor called Parcell's hiring a "huge, huge get for Warren". Why is it so hard to build real financial security in America? "And particularly rockier for people of color?" she said. "Why has this happened in America?"

Here is what you need to know about Warren's trip.

"This is just the beginning, I'm excited to see it start", said Lisa Koch, 48, an attorney from Council Bluffs who said she was a long-time fan of Warren's but anxious her gender, age or combative approach might turn off some voters.

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"The energy here has just been incredible", said Rob Gilmer of Council Bluffs, among those who stood outside to hear Warren's remarks.

"As you came in there was a cage of women, a cage of women, another cage of women".

"When there's someone who's been as reckless as [Trump] has been.so clearly on display, folks really want to make sure we have the best nominee who's going to be able to win", said Price.

"Nine-year-old, 10-year-old, 12-year-old little girls just in cages. The good news is: nevertheless, I persist", she said to roaring applause. Warren speak. The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses will be held on February 3rd, 2020. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) of Vermont followed through with his pledge of not accepting donations from corporations in his 2016 run for president, is Warren's way of saying no to the billionaires and yes to grassroots funding.

Warren will have the chance to forge more personal connections with the state's activists and powerbrokers, starting Saturday with about 20 Democratic activists at a private home in central Iowa and Sunday at a Des Moines cafe.

"I'm ready for 2020 to start", said Brooke Smith, a lifelong Democrat from the neighboring state of Nebraska.

But in Iowa, many Democrats equate electability with a candidate who is willing to visit rural neighborhoods and talk to Trump voters in a credible manner. "After a couple of years of Trump, we're ready to just say what we believe".

Perhaps more noteworthy, Warren also snapped up operatives fresh off victories in November's midterm elections who had been wooed by other prospective presidential candidates. Who that candidate will be, Continetti, concluded, "we have yet to see".

"I think the conversation of whether or not she's electable is borderline sexist because they focus on a lot of things I think they wouldn't be focused on if she was a man", Smith said.

Emily Parcell, who worked as then-Sen.

In 2016, Clinton defeated Sanders in the Iowa caucus only by a slim margin. This morning in Sioux City was the first time I'd really directly heard this.