Warren Releases Unity Ads In Iowa, New Hampshire Ahead of Votes

(Bloomberg) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren is flooding Iowa’s airwaves to reassure voters she can beat President Donald Trump, releasing three TV advertisements in the state ahead of Monday’s caucus.

The ads are all aimed at addressing voters’ concerns about whether Warren is too progressive to unite the Democratic Party and whether a woman can beat Trump.

One 30-second ad being played in Iowa titled “She Can Win” begins with a voter who said he caucused for Trump in 2016 but was now switching parties to caucus for Warren. The voter says the fact that Warren is a woman is not an obstacle.

Warren Releases Unity Ads In Iowa, New Hampshire Ahead of Votes

“The people that say that a woman can’t win, I say nonsense,” an older, white man from Waukon, Iowa, listed only as Stephen, says. “I believe a woman can beat Trump and I believe Elizabeth is that woman.”

The question of whether a woman can beat Trump has been a key point in the race after Warren had a very public spat over whether rival Bernie Sanders told her in private that it couldn’t be done.

Another 30-second clip called “Great for America” sought to ease voter concerns about whether Warren can unite the divided party despite her calls for sweeping structural change. Three voters, one who caucused for Hillary Clinton, one who backed Sanders and another who voted for Trump say they support the Massachusetts senator.

“If a former Trump supporter can be energized by Elizabeth Warren, then Elizabeth Warren is doing something great for America,” the ad ends, while highlighting the editorial endorsement she received from the Des Moines Register and the Storm Lake Times.

On Monday, Warren is scheduled to release a similar advertisement in New Hampshire, a state that will be holding its primary one week after Iowa.

Warren’s Des Moines Register endorsement is featured in the third clip, which highlighted how the editorial board called her “the best leader for these times” and shows images of Warren next to former President Barack Obama.

Warren is scheduled to return to Iowa on Friday to resume campaigning, after spending the week in Washington for the impeachment hearing. Warren is trying to assure voters that efforts to fight corruption will work to unite voters across the ideological spectrum.

Polling averages show Warren trailing Joe Biden and Sanders in Iowa, and stuck in a tight race for third and fourth place with Pete Buttigieg.

(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)

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