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New Iowa ad compares Booker to the 'other Rhodes Scholar mayor'

A super PAC supporting Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US NCAA tables name, image and likeness vote after DOJ warns of potential antitrust violations Warren and other senators seek investigation into Trump administration resuming federal executions MORE (D-N.J.) will reportedly air a new advertisement in Iowa comparing him to South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE (D).

The ad, paid for by the group United We Win, begins by showing images of Buttigieg with the narration "He's a Rhodes Scholar, a successful mayor, a uniter."

"No, not that guy," the ad continues. "It's Cory Booker." 

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It then touted accomplishments by Booker while serving a mayor of Newark, N.J., and later as a senator. 

"This Rhodes Scholar mayor has what it takes to beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE," the narrator concluded. 

CNN reported Friday that the advertisement will begin airing on Tuesday in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. 

Booker told the news network in an interview that he was unaware of the ad until he was shown a clip of it. 

When asked whether he was running against "that guy," Booker said: "I'm running for the soul of our country."

"We need to be a Democratic party that can unify and come together, so I celebrate the people that are in the race and my campaign is not about tearing anybody down," he added. 

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Booker has previously disavowed super PAC funding, as the groups do not have to legally disclose their donors publicly. Another pro-Booker super PAC, Dream United, shut down Wednesday after struggling to raise money and falling drastically short of its $10 million goal. 

Buttigieg's campaign has seen momentum in Iowa in recent weeks. Polling aggregation website Real Clear Politics has him in first place in the state.

Both men are among more than a dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.