Booker to keynote Dem gala in Iowa

Booker to keynote Dem gala in Iowa
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The Iowa Democratic Party announced on Saturday that Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle MORE (D-N.J.) will headline its 2018 Fall Gala next month.

"We’re so excited to welcome @CoryBooker as our keynote speaker for the 2018 Fall Gala! Get your tickets now — trust us, you won’t want to miss this one," the party's Twitter account posted Saturday afternoon.

Tickets for the gala range from $25 to $10,000, according to the event page.

Booker is widely speculated to be a presidential contender in 2020. 

Booker, who’s not up for reelection this year, has wielded his sharp criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a way to stand out among other potential 2020 candidates.

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Republicans criticized Booker, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for releasing "committee confidential" documents on Kavanaugh this week, with some calling the move an audition for 2020.

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle GOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford MORE (R-Texas) said.

But according to a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Booker was not breaking any confidentiality rules. Tens of thousands of documents have been released to the committee under the label "committee confidential."

Booker joins a number of other possible 2020 contenders who have already begun making visits to crucial states.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing Trump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race MORE has so far made trips to Iowa, Florida and South Carolina, among others. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) has visited Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMore Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.