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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Meets with Supporters in Osage, IA

May 04, 2019 11:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- In an ABC and Washington Post Poll, Democratic Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren was one of the top five candidates Democrats and democratic leaning voters said they’d support.

Warren is continuing her Iowa tour this weekend, hoping to drum up more Midwest supporters.

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Saturday she made stops in Osage and Mason City.

Her first stop was a meet and greet at Taste restaurant in Osage. About 150 people packed into the Main Street restaurant to hear the Senator speak about the major issues she’s campaigning on, like rebuilding the middle class.

“Why is America’s middle class being hollowed out,” she said.

She explained that she plans to address this issue by giving workers and unions more power and by creating an ultra-millionaire tax.

Syed Zaidi who attended the meet and greet said he’s hopeful these changes will make a difference.

“The distribution of wealth is very uneven,” he said.

He added that he admired her ability to fight hard for more equal opportunities.

“I want Elizabeth Warren to be in the White House in the Oval Office,” he said.

Warren said part of her plan includes creating a livable minimum wage.

"Today, in America, a full-time minimum wage job will not keep a Mama and a baby out of poverty. That is wrong and that is why I am this fight," she said.

Bruce Biederman said that’s one of the most important issues this upcoming election.

“The biggest thing in the country is wages. That would solve a lot of problems,” he said.

However, he said he hasn’t committed to any one candidate yet. As a former farmer, he’s hoping to learn more about everyone’s agricultural policies, which he asked Warren about in a Q&A.

" A generation ago---farmers got 37 cents out of every food dollar in America—went into a farmers pocket. Today it's 15 cents. Try running a farm on that," said Warren.

Warren said the  government could invest in changes that would help farmers while also helping the environment.

"Right now, what many of the smaller farms need is an opportunity to compete. That intersects with our antitrust laws so they don't get wiped out by the giants. They also need multiple streams of revenue and the kind of infrastructure that will help them run clean farms. Those are investments we can make at the federal level that will actually help farmers be part of the climate solution," she said. 

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