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Get ready to hear more from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) over the next two years.
Immediately after voting against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Booker headed to Iowa where he used Kavanaugh’s confirmation to stoke presidential speculation.
What are the details?
Speaking to 1,400 Democratic activists at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall gala, Booker revealed his presidential chops, offering progressives a message of hope in light of President Donald Trump’s record of accomplishments.
“It is not a time to give up, it’s a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up. It’s time for you not to wait for hope, but to be the hope,” Booker said, according to the New York Times.
“Hope is the act of conviction that despair can never have the last word. We’re not defined in this state by Republicans in power; we’re defined by how we respond to them. We’re not defined by a president who mocks a hero, Dr. [Christine] Blasey Ford. We’re not defined by a president who doesn’t believe women,” he added, the Washington Post reported.
During his 45 minute speech, Booker panned Trump while addressing American ideals and touching on iconic American leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr.
However, Booker did not specifically address the Kavanaugh confirmation fight. Instead, he framed “the defeat in the context of previous liberal setbacks and struggles,” the Post reported.
In all, Booker drew four standing ovations.
Is Booker running for president?
Booker has not yet announced his 2020 intentions. However, all indications point to him making a run at the White House beginning next year. When media asked if Saturday’s event was meant to stoke presidential speculation, Booker deflected.
“I do need to get in shape. So I will probably go jogging here in Iowa in the morning,” he said. “In all seriousness, we’re here to focus on the elections that are coming up in 31 days.”
Booker also responded directly to Trump, saying: “I have nothing personal against the president.”
The trip was Booker’s first to The Hawkeye State since campaigning for Hillary Clinton there during the 2016 presidential election.