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

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Urging any Democratic candidates who launch 2020 presidential campaigns to follow suit, Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence administers a ceremonial Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony to Sen. In October, Warren released the results of her DNA test, which shows "strong evidence" of some Native American ancestry.

On her first full day of campaigning in the kickoff caucus state, Warren said her mother's minimum-wage job saved her family when Warren was a child, and enabled Warren's career as a teacher, professor and now senator considering a presidential run.

"I think this is a moment for all of the Democratic nominees to come into the race to say, 'In a Democratic primary we are going to link arms and we're going to say grassroots funding". In fact, the Cherokee Nation, of which Warren claims to be a blood member, rebuked the MA senator for even daring to claim Cherokee ancestry without going through the proper channels or providing anything in the way of proof she's a descendant of anyone of Native ancestry.

"Donald Trump is an accelerant", Warren said. "And families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier - a path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination", Warren said in her announcement video.

She now faces an arduous battle to raise money and capture Democratic primary voters' attention before Iowa casts its first vote in more than a year. Elizabeth Warren took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include almost two dozen candidates.

In more than a dozen interviews with self-described independents and Democrats at Warren events over the weekend, the issue of "electability" emerged as a common theme.

After questions, Warren got of stage and mingled with supporters. The good news is: "nevertheless, I persist", she said to roaring applause. "What I think 2020 is going to be about is not my family, it's about the tens of millions of families across this country who just want a level playing field".

Some of the questions she answered dealt with topics such as affordable housing, corporate power and preparing for 2020 presidential debates. But, she said, she doesn't think it'll do Warren any harm. But there's one thing I do know: I can't do this alone. Warren's staff logged the names and contact information for those interested in more information.

And Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King carried Buena Vista County (Storm Lake) 49 to 48 percent, but lost to Democrat J.D. Scholten 45 to 53 percent in Woodbury (Sioux City). "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said.

It's 2019, and you know what that means: 2020 has officially begun. But hers is a distinct challenge, and a lonely one during this period when Warren stands as the lone, high-profile female presidential candidate. Barack Obama's Iowa political director for the 2008 caucus and as a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton in the state eight years later, has signed on with Warren, along with Janice Rottenberg, according to two sources.