Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) continued her presidential campaign in Iowa with a town hall at Simpson College in Indianola on Sunday afternoon.
In a presidential campaign tour de force, she spoke at length, took questions, and then stayed and stood for selfie photographs with a very long line of supporters. Close to 500 individuals attended the event.
Senator Warren’s final remarks to the town hall audience, right before she exited the stage for a press gaggle and for audience selfie photos:
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D):…I got the issues you all brought up. I am deeply grateful, uh, that you all come out here on a Sunday afternoon. Uh, the weather was nice. Uh, we got a big decision to make in 2020. And that decision is gonna come right through Iowa. And I am deeply grateful for the time you invest in getting this right. Um, a nation owes you a great thanks. So, thank you Iowans. Thank you [applause][cheers]
The issue that we talked about today and other ones that I talk about, they’re hard. How we’re going to educate our children. Uh, how we’re gonna make sure that everyone gets access to health care. How it is that we’re going to protect seniors who rely on Social Security. By the way, my Social Security bill will lift nearly five million people out of poverty and put a lot more flexibility into the budget for millions more.
Uh, what it means to cancel student loan debts. Uh, we didn’t even get to talk about how we reduce the cost of housing and increase the housing supply across the country. Um, climate change. Very, very difficult. Uh, lots of pieces of that have an effect us.
When I made the decision to run for President I was working on most of these issues. In fact, I’ve worked on many of these issues for pretty much all my grown up life. And I started talking about it right here in Iowa. And I went back to Washington and people would say to me, experts, uh, also known as Senators [laughter], uh, they’d say to me, what you’re talking about is too hard. It’s got too many pieces to it, it’s too complicated, it’s got, uh, it’s just too hard. Uh, go with somethin easier, get some vague generalities, uh, smile more. [gasps][laughter] That’s, that’s how people run for President. Uh, and I always said, thank you.
But, here’s what I thought of them. What do you think the naysayers said to the abolitionists? Too hard, give up now. What do you think they said to the suffragettes just a little over a hundred years ago? They said, too hard. With men, right? What did they say to the early union workers? [voice: “Too hard”] Too hard. Quit now. What did they say to the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement? [with audience] Too hard, quit now. What did they say just a decade ago to the LGBTQ plus activists who wanted equal marriage? [with audience] Too hard, quit now.
But none of them quit. They fought back. They got organized, they built a grass roots movement, they persisted [applause][cheers], and they changed the course of history.
This is our moment in American history. Our moment to dream big, fight hard, and win.
Thank you. [applause][cheers]