2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Warren finds 2020 footing selling policy with personal touch

May 08, 2019 - 12:37 pm

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is showing signs of a breakthrough in national polls and growing strength in the Democratic presidential primary, and some are crediting her ability to connect with voters as much as the policy chops that she's known for.

On a recent trip to Iowa, the senator from Massachusetts talked about her memories of her mom's struggle to pay the mortgage before she mentioned her tax or ethics plans.

But passion alone won't pave the way to the White House. Warren's plan to break out of the 21-candidate scrum that is the Democratic primary is built on a huge and expensive field organization in the early states. With about 50 paid staffers in Iowa, her operation dwarfs the competition and will be difficult to sustain through a long campaign.