BOOKER BEAT

On the trail in Iowa, Booker seeks to attract youth voters

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent |

On the latest leg of his trip through Iowa, Sen. Cory Booker made a stop in Boone to host a Conversation with Cory event — one of two events Tuesday after a busy day Monday with four events.

Most observers agree this is a long-shot campaign, and when you’re polling in the low single digits, the only thing to do is keep moving.

Recent campaign efforts in Iowa include an Urban Garden tour in Cedar Rapids and a rally with local elected officials on the other side of town.

Booker’s stump speech has remained the same for most audiences — a message of love that he insists will save the country.

“You cannot love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women,” he said at an event in Charles City. “And love is not a sentiment. It’s not sentimentality. It says that if your kids don’t have a good public school to go to, my children are lesser off. Love says that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

But love alone won’t win the election; you’ve got to hustle. And among a litany of campaign stops is one to reach a key group — students — at an event in Iowa City.

Booker used to dominate among young voters, but he’s lost ground there to the septuagenarians in the race. His campaign insists, however, that this is a marathon and their candidate’s relative youth is a secret weapon.

Read more about Sen. Cory Booker as he continues his campaign to become the next president of the United States at The Booker Beat.