Elizabeth Warren: "I am not a person of color"

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Warren's Native American ancestry claims weren't the only struggle she faced on the stump in Iowa, one of the biggest presidential election battleground states.

The response echoes an effort campaign exploratory committee made earlier this week, deflecting concerns about Warren's claims to Native American ancestry by comparing those concerns to "birtherism", or the theory among first Clinton-supporting Democrats and then Republicans that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya not Hawaii, and was operating under a fake or forged birth certificate. Her video notes the economic challenges facing people of color along with images of a women's march and Warren's participation at an LGBT event. I'm not a citizen of a tribe. "Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship", she said, adding that she understands a difference between having an "ancestry" and being a tribe member.

'I can't stop Donald Trump from what he's going to do, ' Warren said.

Aiming to run a grassroots campaign ahead of a potential 2020 run for president, Elizabeth Warren announced she is shutting down her joint fundraising PAC. Taking the mic at the crowded Orpheum Theater, she asked Warren why she took a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry after Trump called it into question. But her choice to effectively engage the criticism from the President and others in October with a DNA test irked many Democrats and overshadowed her midterm message.

Reports said she was thinking about running, but just a few weeks later she put an end to the speculation saying a presidential tilt was "not something that interests me". Earlier in the week, days after Warren announced her exploratory committee, Mr. Trump tweeted a meme hitting her over the heritage question. The move was meant to rebut Trump's taunts of Warren as "Pocahontas". "But what I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families". "It's the Democratic Party getting back to its roots", said his wife Mary, a librarian.

"People are hungry for hope - hope there's something out there that's going to turn this around because this is just scary", Deb Schwiesow, who saw Warren in Council Bluffs, said about the excitement behind the visit.

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Arguing that Warren doesn't have what it takes to win in 2020, Cupp suggested on Saturday that Democrats need a better candidate.

"She's true to her word", a Council Bluffs resident named John (who declined to give his last name) told CBS after Warren's event there. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries, said this time around, she doesn't want to vote for a man. Warren. And there are so many others looking into it. "She's being portrayed in the right wing media as this wild-eyed liberal from the East Coast", said Bill Shackelford, a retiree from Des Moines.

Also notable are Warren's relatively low approval ratings - a December Quinnipiac University poll pegged her at only 30 percent favorability.

Warren is hardly an unknown candidate in Iowa, but she may try to connect with voters anew by talking about her modest upbringing in Oklahoma, far from the halls of Harvard and the Capitol where she is more readily associated.

But she says Washington continues to work great for those with money, but not for anyone else. "I'm going to stay focused on that all the way through". Price also pointed to the fact that Iowa's smaller population lends itself to "retail politics", meaning voters get a chance to meet candidates in church basements, coffee shops and school auditoriums.

The candidate then turned the conversation to the crux of her campaign message: "What I can do is I can be in this fight for all of our families". "I'm in this fight because it's been the fight of my lifetime".

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