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 BookerSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters 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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 CornynPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together 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 BidenBill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters MORE has so far made trips to Iowa, Florida and South Carolina, among others. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) has visited Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Sanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.