Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits Council Bluffs

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=The Democrat from MA is the first high-profile figure to announce an exploratory committee and has picked up staff from other presidential campaigns, hitting the ground early. "And what I've found is terrifying: these aren't cracks families are falling into, they're traps". Tonight I told Rachel @Maddow: Every Democratic candidate for President in 2020 should link arms & pledge to run grassroots campaigns funded by the people.

Although there is scant evidence that Warren used claims of Native American blood to obtain special privileges, Harvard did occasionally refer to Warren a "Native American" staff member while she severed as a law professor there, leading some analysts to believe Warren was more open about her "Native" ancestry than she admits. She can prove tone deaf, as her attempt to prove her Native American ancestry proved.

Warren is throwing her name into the ring early - but supporters in Council Bluffs say she should bring it on. I'm not a citizen of a tribe.

Without directly answering the question, Warren transitioned into bashing Trump for "hurling racial insults". And so she did this DNA test that really sort of backfired on her.

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. And I very much appreciate the effort that folks here in Iowa put into helping us determine the direction our country will take from here.

"I'm in this fight because I am grateful", she said. Warren's economic message resonates with voters at her rallies.

Iowa is also a place where people watching agricultural commodities such as soybeans and hogs fall under President Trump's tariffs may take a shine to Warren's trademark message of economic populism.

Senator Warren, 69, has formed an exploratory committee, which will allow her to begin raising money to compete in the Democratic primary field, but still has not decided whether she will actually run.

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"She's not waiting around to see if Bernie's in the race, she's not waiting to see if there are other women", said Joe Trippi, a longtime campaign manager and Democratic political consultant. NPR's Asma Khalid is in Iowa and has been talking to Democratic voters about what they're looking for in a candidate in these early stages of the 2020 primary campaign.

Warren hired Kane Miller, who managed Democrat Abby Finkenauer's winning campaign over GOP U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in Iowa, and Janice Rottenberg, who led the Iowa Democratic Party's coordinated campaign and was credited with helping the party win two GOP-held U.S. House seats and gain ground in the state legislature.

During her Saturday campaign event in the packed Orpheum Theater, the first question from an attendee was: "Why did you undergo DNA testing and give Donald more fodder to be a bully?" "I think we're just off track, we're off track as a country and we have to get back on center".

What resonated with her about Warren, she said, is how she fights for "the little guy".

Along with her announcement, Warren released a four-minute video that focused on taking on Wall Street and corruption in Washington. "It's throughout the system", Warren said, igniting cheers from more than 500 in a downtown event hall Saturday evening.

Asked how she planned to prevent a repeat of the "undemocratic behavior between the DNC and Hillary's campaign in 2016 against Sen. I don't have the power to do that".

With the pivotal caucuses still more than a year away, Warren is the first major candidate to travel to the Hawkeye State.

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