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Booker To Rally in Philly

Rise up through the rustbelt. 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will be holding campaign “Rise” events in three battleground states that include an event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 7. The two other stops on this tour include visits to Detroit and Milwaukee, whose states also voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 after voting for President Barack Obama twice. 

“From his time as Mayor of Newark to Senator of New Jersey, Cory Booker has spent his entire career running towards big challenges others have given up on, bringing people together to do what others thought was impossible,” a statement from the campaign reads promoting the event. “His vision has always been clear and just: justice for all.”

Booker will become the eight 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to make a public appearance in the state and the seventh in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari. The Senator from the Garden State has held fundraisers in Pennsylvania, but no public appearances yet. 

The most recent 2020 Democratic hopeful to make a campaign appearance in Pennsylvania was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who talked about Medicare for All and rallying against the upcoming closing of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia

The Trump administration has kept a presence in Pennsylvania in recent months as well. Trump held a rally in Montoursville in May, the day before the state’s primary, while Vice President Mike Pence has made two visits in the state, including one today in south central Pennsylvania, during the summer promoting USMCA and headlined a PAGOP dinner in June

Former Vice President Joe Biden has remained the leader in national polls and in Pennsylvania, while Booker has found himself more towards the middle of the pack. An Emerson College poll conducted in late March had Booker in 7th place garnering 4% of the vote in the Democratic primary. A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted in April had Booker in eight place with 3% of the vote in the primary. Both polls showed Biden besting Trump by roughly 10 points.   

Pa. holds its 2020 primary on April 28, right at the midpoint of the Democratic calendar.

3 Responses

  1. Joe Biden has got this — he’s a GIANT compared to his rivals — including (actually especially!) Trump, Bernie, Kamala, and Elizabeth Warren.

    I think Cory Booker means well and had a decent record- but he’s trying way too hard to out-liberal others when his real record is really kind of moderately-liberal. Only recently has HE got into some lefty kool aid! One needs to look into the context of the tough on crime attitude of the early 1990s. The 1980s and 1990s literally had crime waves far more numerous and widespread than we have now.

    Now perhaps the pendulum swung too far and perhaps some communities were over-targeted wrongly. But 1) crime really really was a problem then (not just a Trump propaganda yell full of racial invective), 2) for a variety of reasons crime came down, 3) we could work together to reverse and reform stuff.

    Nobody gets everything right on these matters (or other tricky areas like health care or immigration) but just have to keep working at it.

    I think Joe Biden is best cause he understands the iterative nature of policy development.

    1. I agree with you Joe… I think Biden is the eventual Dem nominee. Booker would be an ok VP choice.

    2. Totally agree. What the progressive darlings at MSNBC fail to realize is that 2020 is not the usual election and all the things that would be major issues like age or a long record in politics is out the window now. Just look at Texas with Cong Will Hurd, an outstanding candidate and politician, not running for reelection as a Republican. The thinking is that Trump has pushed away some voters and Cong Hurd did not think he could win. Whatever Joe Biden is the right candidate in 2020 to face Trump.

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