By Katie Brace

BOSTON (CBS) – Senator Elizabeth Warren is in Iowa this weekend. Her first speech was in the western part of the state where she sounded like she was on the campaign trail. She spoke to a packed venue with an overflow crowd outside and focused on the economy.

“It’s an America that works for the rich and the powerful. And, we need to call it out for what it is: corruption, pure and simple,” said Warren.

Senator Warren made her case for the presidency, based on leveling the economic playing field.

“What’s happening to working families in America? Why has America’s middle class been hollowed out?” she said.

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Days after announcing an exploratory committee, Warren made her first pitch to Democrats in Iowa. It’s an early appeal as the first in the nation caucus is still over a year away.

WBZ political analyst John Keller weighed in on the move. “What she is doing is letting her presence be felt, going around and meeting people. She’s already hired some of the best organizers in Iowa Democratic politics,” said Keller.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets potential voters during a campaign stop at McCoy’s Bar Patio and Grill on January 4, 2019 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Massachusetts senator touted her middle-class upbringing, long career outside politics and experience reigning in big banks. She answered several audience questions. One was about her foreign policy where she took a side shot at President Trump.

“I believe you should know the difference between your friends and your enemies,” said Warren.

Warren is the first of many Democratic candidates expected to enter the race.

“The big question for Elizabeth Warren is can she capture the excitement that surrounded her three years ago in the run up to 2016 when she was a new face and electrified a lot of liberals,” said Keller.

The questions that were randomly chosen were all from women, except for one from a man.

Friday was the first of four cities in Iowa that Warren plans to visit this weekend.

Katie Brace


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