A poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers taken by CNN and the Des Moines Register in December found Warren in fourth place behind Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke, and Sanders, none of whom have announced exploratory committees.
Her next stop is Sioux City.
One thing is certain: Warren can deflect all she'd like with reporters for the moment, but President Trump will not let up ripping the senator for her much-criticized claim.
She appeared to relish the transition from the outset. "I am determined that we build an America where not just the children of rich people get a chance to build something, but where all of our children get a chance to build a real future".
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. The comments were an unmistakable shot across the gilded bows of billionaire potential candidates Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of NY, and investor Tom Steyer. Steyer plans to visit Iowa Wednesday. She has an advantage in the $12.5 million left over from her 2018 re-election campaign that she could use for a presidential run. Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie.
McDaniel is an operative with deep experience across the South - a potentially decisive region in the upcoming Democratic primary.
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Despite the friendly reception, retired teacher Carla Hawkins was far from ready to commit.
"I don't know if it's important to get into arguments with the president". She quickly became one of the party's more prominent liberals even as she sometimes fought with Obama administration officials over their response to the market turmoil. "It's too early for me to say".
However, he also said some Democrats question Warren's political instincts, such as touting a DNA test in October that showed she has some Native American ancestry. "Those are the issues we need to worry about, and that's where we need to focus".
Meanwhile, the Sunrise Movement acknowledged Warren's support but withheld praise, demanding to know whether the senator backs the specifics within the proposal - moving to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, investing in communities that are most affected by the climate crisis, and a jobs guarantee for anyone who wants to help to create the new sustainable infrastructure.
"I'd like to see how she deals with people one-on-one, that interaction between her and regular folks", said Jan Bauer, the Story County Democratic chairwoman, who planned to attend the private event with Warren Saturday.
Warren recently launched an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 White House run, though she's already been slammed for a few missteps with some questioning her authenticity. Warren's staff logged the names and contact information for those interested in more information. "Join us in this because this is about what we can do together".