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.”
This team is fired up! Hope to see everyone at our upcoming Rise Events. RSVP below:
⬆️ Detroit TODAY @ 5:30pm: https://t.co/dQHt6sgT2W
⬆️ Philadelphia Wednesday 8/7: https://t.co/yhv1f6VbXY
⬆️ Milwaukee Sunday 8/11: https://t.co/kqJeZutNOs pic.twitter.com/BANGCu6oa9
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 1, 2019
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.