Cory Booker’s Iowa Debut Kicks Off 2020 Democratic Race
When elected officials venture to Iowa, whispers of presidential aspirations get louder. Over the weekend, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) made his debut in the Hawkeye State delivering a 45-minute speech at the Iowa Democratic Party's Annual Gala. Fresh off the Senate’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the audience was eager to hear from Booker, giving him four standing ovations. The Senator spoke to more than 1,000 people at the event, where he urged Democrats disappointed by Kavanaugh’s confirmation to turn their despair into action in the 2018 midterms. “I see the pain and the hurt, but I want to remind everyone here in this room tonight, full of fellowship, this room full of faith, that this is a time in our country when we need to stay faithful,” Booker said. The appearance is widely considered Booker’s first audition for president in 2020. The Des Moines Register reports that while this was his first official appearance in the first-in-the-nation primary state, the Senator has quietly been making contacts in Iowa with the help of Des Moines lawyer Jerry Crawford -- a veteran Democratic power broker who was a leading advisor to Hillary Clinton's 2008 and 2016 campaigns. Booker also spent Sunday and Monday in Iowa, where he attended political events with local party groups and on behalf of candidates for statewide office including a fundraiser for Deidre DeJear -- Iowa’s first Black nominee for statewide office. More here.