Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Jan. 2019 Exploratory Trip to Iowa

Background: Unlike several other 2020 presidential prospects, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) did not venture into Iowa during the 2018 midterm cycle.  Patrick Rynard's Iowa Starting Line reports 26 potential candidates made 109 visits to Iowa during 2017-18, led by declared candidate U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (MD) at 20 visits.  It is still very early, however, and as CNN reported on Jan. 2, Warren has already lined up significant Iowa talent to work on a likely presidential campaign (+).  Although national and local Republicans tried to paint a negative picture, by most accounts Warren's trip went well.  She was greeted by large crowds and delivered a clear message sure to appeal to progressive activists.  ema 01/08/19

Elizabeth Warren Presidential Exploratory Committee

FRIDAY, January 4th
Organizing Event in Council Bluffs
5:00 p.m. (doors open), 6:00 p.m. (event begins)
McCoy's Bar Patio and Grill
1900 Madison Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

SATURDAY, January 5th
Organizing Event in Sioux City
8:30 a.m. (doors open), 9:30 a.m. (event begins)
Orpheum Theatre
528 Pierce St,
Sioux City, Iowa 51101

Round Table in Storm Lake
11:45 a.m. (doors open), 12:45 p.m. (event begins)
Our Place Community Center
110 East 3rd Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Organizing Event in Des Moines
5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6:30 p.m. (event begins)
322 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

SUNDAY, January 6th
Conversation with Women Leaders
11:15 a.m. (doors open), 12:15 p.m. (event begins)
The District Venue
1350 VIntage Pkwy
Ankeny, IA 500023


Republican Party of Iowa
January 4, 2018

RPI Statement on Elizabeth Warren’s Upcoming Iowa Visit

DES MOINES - Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement in response to Elizabeth Warren’s upcoming Iowa visit:
“Elizabeth Warren is just another East Coast liberal - she’s proven to be an obstructionist who’s long on rhetoric and short on accomplishments.  The Massachusetts Senator has spent more time whipping up an ancestry charade than she has talking about the issues Americans really care about - securing our borders, cutting taxes and regulations, and negotiating better deals with our trade partners. I’d encourage her to visit Iowa often, so she can learn what issues really matter and see how rural Americans live and are thriving under President Trump’s pro-growth economy.”


Republican National Committee
January 4, 2018

Fauxcahontas’ Presidential Rollout Misfires

Warren Is Fighting Blowback Ahead Of Her First Campaign Stop In Iowa Following Another Troubled Rollout Of A Major Announcement


·         During her 2018 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren repeatedly promised her constituents that she didn’t have presidential ambitions and promised that she would serve a full term.

·         Now, before she was even sworn into her second term and amid a government shutdown, Warren announced that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee.

·         Warren’s announcement was met with questions about her timing, including Politico saying it was “odd timing” with “minimal windup” and The Washington Post calling it “unusual.”

·         Warren’s announcement comes as her support in key states is slipping, including a big slip in Iowa, her first campaign stop, and New Hampshire Democratic activists worrying that she can’t beat President Trump.

·         In October, Warren messed up another major announcement when she proudly promoted DNA test results that proved she lacks Native American heritage, which she used throughout her career to claim minority status.

  • ·      In her elected state of Massachusetts (where her own voters don’t want her to run for president), Warren failed to carry fellow Democrats across the finish line as she frequently campaigned with the Democratic gubernatorial candidate who was ultimately defeated by over 30 percent, and in Ohio, Warren campaigned hard for Democrat Richard Cordray who was defeated in the governor’s race.

Elizabeth Warren Presidential Exploratory Committee
For Immediate Release
January 7, 2019

The Highlights from Warren's Iowa Trip

Boston, MA - Elizabeth Warren traveled to Iowa this past weekend after the launch of her exploratory committee. She visited Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Storm Lake, Des Moines, and Ankeny.

“It would be hard to call Senator Elizabeth Warren’s well-attended and well-organized inaugural trip to Iowa as anything other than a very successful introduction to Iowa Caucus-goers. A little under 3,000 people showed up to see Warren pitch her biography, policy priorities and vision for America across Iowa.” [Iowa Starting Line, 1/7/2019]

Asked if the trip raised the bar for others, IA Dem strategist Matt Paul said: “Without question. What I thought was impressive was that she was on message, she had terrific clarity about why she wants the job, what she wants to do as president, what motivates her, and she obviously showed tremendous organizational strength. These are organizing events at the end of the day  and I think they demonstrated strong organizational muscles.” [WHO TV, 1/6/2019]

“At the end of each of her events in Iowa, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren stayed to meet every person who lined up to shake her hand, ask her a question or take a picture.” [Des Moines Register, 1/6/2019]

“Whatever questions Elizabeth Warren faced before becoming the first major Democratic candidate to step toward the 2020 presidential race, a nearly flawless and well-received trip to Iowa this weekend made it clear she intends to win and has a plan to do it.” [NBC, 1/7/2019]

Iowa Starting Line @IAStartingLine And there we go. The end of Elizabeth Warren’s initial 3-day tour of Iowa as an (exploratory) candidate. Big crowds, good reception, handled some tough questions, well-organized events. Seemed like a pretty successful first impression swing #IACaucus

“The lines were long in Ankeny Sunday afternoon, as Senator Elizabeth Warren wrapped up her final Iowa presidential campaign stop this weekend. It proved to be a litmus test  for voters like Jess Wiederspan.” [WHO TV, 1/6/2019]

“Three hundred supporters packed into the venue and another 200 stood outside listening in. ‘She's for the working class she's for the middle class and that's what we need,’ Alice Hodde said.” [KETV, 1/4/2019]

“This weekend Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made her first trip to Iowa in the “exploratory” phase of her presidential campaign, emphasizing an economic platform she says will revive the middle class. Warren drew overflow crowds in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Storm Lake and central Iowa.” [Radio Iowa, 1/6/2019]

“Speaking to an enthusiastic Sioux City crowd Saturday to kick off the political year in Siouxland, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., aired her fiery populist message of pushing back on Wall Street advantages and making health care and education more affordable.” [Sioux City Journal, 1/5/2019]

“Warren's event started at 6 p.m., and there were lines of people ready to hear what the senator had to say. ‘I hope to see somebody fighting for middle class, and I've seen her fight for middle class, so I believe she can do it,’ one woman in line said.” [WOWT, 1/4/2019]

“Throughout her speech and during an interview with The Nonpareil ahead of the event, Warren hammered on the point of helping working families. ‘All of my adult career has been spent around one central question — what’s happening to working families in America? Why has America’s middle class been hollowed out?’ she asked the crowd.” [Daily Nonpareil, 1/5/2019]

“The Democratic senator talked a lot about the federal government investing too much in America’s wealthy and well-connected at her events in Council Bluffs, Sioux City and Des Moines. She called for big structural changes in Washington, the economy and politics.” [Iowa Public Radio, 1/5/2019]

“Elizabeth Warren is making her rounds throughout the state this weekend. On Friday night, she campaigned in Council Bluffs before a large crowd. She touched on issues such as foreign policy, immigration and abortion. Warren said she will fight for opportunities for all families, not just the wealthy.” [WHO TV, 1/6/2019]

“Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up her first trip to Iowa today as she explores a possible 2020 presidential run. Warren had a strong message for women.” [KCCI, 1/6/2019]


The trip was also subject of a Jan. 8 fundraising email from the exploratory committee:

Subject: My trip to Iowa

Here's the first thing I learned in Iowa: Iowans are huggers. Ok, it wasn't exactly a random sample – but the thousands of people who lined up for our very first organizing events in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Des Moines this weekend sure like to hug.

And I love it.

On Friday night in Council Bluffs, so many people came to our event that we opened the garage-hangar doors for people to spill out into the parking lot.

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Saturday morning in Sioux City, we filled every nook and cranny of this amazing space.

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In Storm Lake, what was supposed to be a small community roundtable discussion had people stretched into the carport and down the street.

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And Saturday night in Des Moines, more than 1,000 people stretched around three city blocks to be a part of our fight.

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Each one of those people lined up for hours, but not just because of me. They were there because they had hope for what we can do together.

In Des Moines, there were a lot of big groups – four, five, or even more friends – who had come together. When I asked some of them about it, they said that they had made a commitment to march, to call, and to fight any way they can. When one of them gets tired or discouraged, they keep each other going.

The women in Iowa wear that hope loudly and proudly – especially the mamas with little babies strapped to their chests. There were about a zillion "Nevertheless, She Persisted" shirts, bracelets, necklaces, and tattoos. And more: Nasty Woman, the Future is Female, Mt. Nasty, Polite Women Rarely Make History, and one: A Woman's Place is in the House – the White House. They may not have known one another, but they all felt like family. Each one made me cheer.

Not everyone I meet has a smile on their face. In Sioux City, I met a mom who is desperately worried about her daughter. She had decided to go to cosmetology school, has $20,000 in student loan debt, and now makes less than $10 an hour. Her mom said, "I really don't get it. She works hard, and she's trying to make something of herself. But I don't know how she'll ever get out of this hole."

And in Storm Lake, I met a young cancer survivor. She does something – calls, posts, contributions – every day to help make this a country where everyone gets access to health care. She said she would do this the rest of her life.

The cancer survivors, the union workers, the immigrants, the students, the young moms and dads barely hanging on – those stories aren't depressing to me. They came out this weekend to keep fighting. And that's what keeps me going.

We're building a grassroots movement in Iowa, and all across this country to level the playing field for working people. We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us. We can rebuild America's middle class – but this time, we have to build it for everyone.

And we're going to do it one email, one call, one door-knock, and yes, one hug at a time.

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This weekend in Iowa was just the beginning.

Thanks for being a part of this,


P.S. If you're in this fight too, sign up now to join the team. This is a grassroots effort and you're an important part of it.

P.P.S. Want to see for yourself? Click here to watch the full video of our women leaders event in Ankeny, Iowa.