Cory Booker to head to Iowa soon after his presidential announcement

Brianne Pfannenstiel
The Des Moines Register
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Democrat Cory Booker, who announced Friday morning that he is running for president, will visit Iowa next weekend, his campaign said. 

The New Jersey senator will be in Iowa Feb. 8 and 9 with stops in Mason City, WaterlooCedar Rapids and Des Moines.

Booker made his announcement early Friday morning in a tweet and email to supporters that included a video message highlighting unity.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's fall gala Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

"We are better when we help each other," he said. "The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it."

Booker has been finalizing his Iowa leadership team, assembling a group of high-profile staffers that includes former Iowa House Democrats' Caucus Director Mike Frosolone; former NextGen America Iowa State Director Haley Hager; Martin O'Malley's 2016 Iowa Caucus Director Joe O'Hern and Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Tess Seger.

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Booker last was in Iowa before the 2018 midterm election. In October, he headlined the Iowa Democratic Party's fall gala, delivering a speech meant to galvanize Iowa Democrats the day Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the nation's newest Supreme Court justice.

“This is not a time to curl up. It is not a time to shut up. It is not a time to give up. It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up!” he told them. “It is time for you not to wait for hope, but to be the hope.”

According to a December Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 4 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoeors say Booker is their first choice for president in a head-to-head match-up of 20 potential Democrats. 

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Forty-nine percent say they have a favorable view of Booker, 12 percent have an unfavorable view of him and 39 percent are unsure. 

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