Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "America's middle class is getting hollowed out".
She is the most prominent Democrat yet in what is expected to be a crowded field of fellow contenders hoping to retake the White House from Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.
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.
Warren's subsequent attempt to mimic the 29-year-old darling of the left, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) with an "impromptu" Instagram posting highlighted with her memorable line, "I think I'm going to have me a beer", also backfired, serving only to display the four decade gap between herself and the rising generation of left wing Democrat politicians. "You'd have to ask her psychiatrist".
Trump meme'd hard on Warren via Twitter earlier in the day for her phony claim of Native heritage, which was essentially debunked by Warren herself late a year ago. "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.More news: McConnell Says 'No Deal' to House's Bill to Reopen the Government
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But this weekend's trip will be her first swing through Iowa since she stumped for a Senate candidate there in 2014 - making her a latecomer to the state following visits by possible presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and a particularly buzzy speech by Cory Booker last fall.
"We'll see how she does. And that's only gonna happen if we've got a whole movement under way". Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, have already been to Iowa, the hires make clear that Warren intends to compete in the state.
Warren plans to start her swing through Iowa on Friday with a stop at an organizing event in Council Bluffs followed by similar events on Saturday in Sioux City and Des Moines and a roundtable discussion in Storm Lake.
In Boston on Wednesday she revealed that she drinks Michelob Ultra, calling it the "club soda of beers" as she spoke to reporters.
Hillary Clinton in 2016 launched a similar "listening tour" that took her to early states. Bernie Sanders gave her a run for her money.