“How great that you are all here”, lauds Elizabeth Warren as she jogs toward the podium and claps the hands of some followers. The event room of the public high school in the town of Grimes is well filled. It’s twenty degrees below freezing outside, a cold day in Iowa. If you spend too much time in the icy air, you risk frostbite on your face, the weather service warns. It’s a good thing that most of them came here by car. “I just wanted to take a look at Senator Warren up close,” says Debbie Snyder, a pensioner with a gray short haircut who sat on a plastic chair in the fourth row.
Massachusetts senator Warren has had intense campaign days. In the Democratic television debate last week, she made important points. Then she clashed with her left competitor Bernie Sanders , the Senator from Vermont, which may have cost some sympathy points. The New York Times newspaper, however, most recently saw Warren, along with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, as best suited to take on Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the November election.
And now? In just two weeks, Iowa is once again the first state in this election year in which the Democratic Party base will vote on its presidential candidate. The vote is traditionally considered to be trend-setting, even though there are comparatively few delegate votes in the poorly populated state. Actually, one would have to increase the number of hits in Iowa again significantly, but the visit to Grimes is Warren’s last stop in the Midwest for the time being before returning to Washington at night. Nobody knows whether she will make it to Iowa again before the “Caucus” on February 3.
“Many democratic candidates for the presidential candidacy would like to campaign, for example in Iowa. But in the impeachment case against Trump, the senators must be in Washington. Who benefits from it?”
The reason: the impeachment process against President Trump begins in the federal capital on Tuesday, All senators who play the role of jury were subject to attendance. The rules are also strict in other respects: Senators may not use electronic devices while they are speaking to each other during the hearing. It is not yet possible to predict how long the entire process, at the end of which Trump will probably not be removed from office, will take. Republicans want to increase the speed, while the Democrats want a detailed process with witness interviews, even if they would further torpedo the presidential candidates’ campaign plans in their own ranks. It could be tight for those affected in all states where voting takes place early, i.e. in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
In addition to Warren, three other Democratic presidential applicants are currently members of the United States Senate. Other than Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders, there is also Michael Bennet, who represents the state of Colorado in the Senate. According to surveys, Bennet would have no chance in the primaries. Sanders in particular is annoyed by the idea of being stuck in Washington in the next few weeks. “I’d rather be in Iowa, I’d rather be in New Hampshire, Nevada and so on,” Sanders said in a television interview. And yes, he’s worried about his campaign.