The progressive Democrat had announced on New Year's Eve that she was going to challenge the president in his re-election bid in 2020.
In an analysis, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of The New York Times said Democrats are committed to making Trump a one-term president, but that the party is "leaderless" and "in a moment of transition from center-left politics to a more ideologically pure brand of liberalism". With her five-city campaign swing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the hiring of four staffers who know the state well, Warren appears to be betting she can plant her flag and shape the race even before other top candidates are officially in.
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.
When asked how she will deal with the continuing mockery from Trump, Warren responded that the president "can bluster forever, but it doesn't change the underlying reality".
Warren's remarks, which were briefly rendered nearly inaudible when her mic lost power, included a call to volunteer and back a campaign she has pledged will not accept corporate cash.
They were meant to give Warren a chance to speak to larger audiences and allow her team to begin logging names and contact information for those interested in more information. Other Democratic presidential prospects are expected to announce their plans in the coming weeks, and have been in touch for weeks with party leaders, activists and potential staff in Iowa.More news: Nadal suffers injury setback ahead of Australian Open
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She also planned to meet privately with small groups of party activists before the public events, and hold two invitation-only gatherings, in Ames and Des Moines on Saturday. Warren. And there are so many others looking into it.
"I think that campaigns should not be for sale", she said.
"I don't think most people know her personal story", said John Norris, who was the Iowa state director for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and an unsuccessful candidate for governor in the state previous year. "America's middle class is under attack". Bernie Sanders' Iowa caucus director in 2016. But this trip offers the first glimpse of what the likely Democratic presidential candidate will look like in that role.
"I don't know if it's important to get into arguments with the president".
Warren's visit is an effort to gain an early advantage in the state.