DES MOINES, IOWA — While the results of the Iowa Caucuses were in doubt at the time, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) nevertheless declared that the night had already shown Americans’ “deep hunger for big structural change” to roars of approval from the crowd at her party in Des Moines.
“Tonight showed that our path to victory is to fight hard for changes Americans are demanding — changes that Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are demanding,” she said. “Our agenda isn’t just a progressive agenda, it isn’t just a Democratic agenda, it’s an American agenda.”
Ms Warren was introduced by two of her grandchildren. Her beloved canine Bailey was not present; “where’s Bailey?” one supporter demanded to gales of laughter.
Supporters began arriving at the event soon after the first caucuses let out; the senator herself waited to hop on the stump until 10:30 pm, when it became clear that the results of the caucuses would be significantly delayed. After opening with an obligatory “thank you, Iowa!” Ms Warren admitted that the outcome was uncertain, only for a shout of “you won!” to roll across the room.
She then spent several minutes talking about her differences with President Donald Trump and the career of public service that included her lead role on the Consumer Finance and Protection Bureau.
“Our union will be stronger than ever,” she said, “when that one man is replaced by one very persistent woman.”
Ms Warren took the opportunity to reiterate the vision of her campaign, but she took care to avoid a deeper discussion of policy while weaving a call for volunteers into her speech.
“If you can imagine an America where corruption doesn’t block our ability to reduce gun violence, an America where we can urgently tackle climate change, an America where we can bring an end to the opioid epidemic — this campaign is for you,” she said.
Ms Warren repeatedly mentioned hope and courage throughout her speech, alluding to the American War of Independence, the Civil War, and the FDR Presidency.
“We do big things, that’s who we are!” she exclaimed. “We still have a fight on our hands, but we are fueled by the hope in our hearts, and our optimism and our determination run deep, and no matter what lies ahead, we are not afraid.”
She emphasized that regardless of the results, the campaign was far from over.
“This race started right here in Iowa. But from tomorrow,” she said, “it will run from ocean to ocean, east to New Hampshire and west to Nevada and then down to South Carolina. This fight will stretch across all 57 states and territories that make up this great nation until we unite together in Milwaukee.”
What the 56 remaining states and territories will have to say about Ms Warren and her competitors remains to be seen, but the candidate is a powerful orator and she and her supporters are filled with energy and resolve. The fight for the Democratic left remains very much undecided.
This story was originally published on The Forest Scout on February 4, 2020.