But she's already built a strong campaign machine, and barring the unforeseen, she'll be a formidable candidate once the campaign gets underway early next year.
Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, the weekend events had all the trappings of a full-blown campaign. 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.
"Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there's reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020", the editorial board wrote.
"Today a minimum wage job in America full-time will not keep a momma and a baby out of poverty and that is wrong and that is why I'm in this fight", Senator Warren said. She spoke about her working-class upbringing in Oklahoma and vowed to tackle corruption and inequality, arguing that "Washington works great for those with money but not for anyone else".
Warren compared the efforts involved in how she wanted to remake America to those of the abolitionists, the suffragettes, and the civil rights movement.
However, the first question from the audience was not about her economic agenda, but about the same old topic - her Native American lineage and controversial decision to take a DNA test that revealed it. Warren said, when asked by reporters about the tweet.
On the campaign trail for a trio of events in Iowa on Saturday, the word kept coming from the undeclared but basically declared 2020 presidential hopeful. And on that front, there were mixed views on Warren's approach so far. She is scheduled to cap the weekend with a "conversation with women leaders" in Ankeny, a suburb of Des Moines, on Sunday.
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"I'm here to ask every one of you to be a part of this", Warren said. "She comes across as real". This morning in Sioux City was the first time I'd really directly heard this. But hers is a distinct challenge, and a lonely one during this period when Warren stands as the lone, high-profile female presidential candidate.
"I think it's a reflection of how big the field is, and the fact that there aren't any front-runners", Rynard said.
Politico ran a piece comparing Warren's likability issues to those of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "I think we need to have someone that's going to rise above that rhetoric, because the attacks won't stop, so we need a candidate that's in the vein of Obama that's going to be more hopeful and uniting, versus someone who's going to stoop to his level". "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage", he said. Speaking to attendees, Warren said she "can't stop President Trump from what he's going to do", and added she "can't stop him [President Trump] from hurling racial insults".
For someone known for her ability to rouse crowds with her takedowns of Wall Street and Trump, Warren ignited her audience in Iowa by promising, in her trademark style, to "persist". "I think people are probably going to bring it up, I think they're going to talk about it", McCoy said.
That poll found 65 percent of likely caucus-goers viewed Warren favorably, and 20 percent saw her unfavorably.
"I don't know if it's important to get into arguments with the president".
"Taking this group of people off the board so early may put pressure on other potential candidates to speed up their timelines", Rynard wrote.