Booker campaign signals willingness to open fundraisers to press

Booker campaign signals willingness to open fundraisers to press
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Booker hits back at Trump tweet, mocks misspelling of name MORE's (D-N.J.) presidential campaign on Thursday signaled that it would be willing to open high-dollar fundraisers to members of the press. 

"There hasn’t been much interest in it. If you guys want to come, we’re in," Booker's campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, said on a call with reporters. 

The comment comes after South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE's (D) presidential campaign announced on Monday that it would open his high-dollar fundraisers to reporters and disclose the names of campaign bundlers amid pressure from progressives. 

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Booker, unlike Buttigieg, has struggled to break into the race's top tier, often polling in the single digits in state and national polls. 

Demissie said on Thursday that Booker did not expect to make next week's Democratic primary debate in Los Angeles as a result of failing to hit the polling threshold, adding that the senator would instead take part in an Iowa bus tour on the day of the debate. 

"We still see a path to victory that does not include the December debate stage," Demissie said.

"It starts with a better than expected finish in Iowa. It continues with capitalizing on that momentum in the middle of February in New Hampshire and then proving our viability with diverse communities like Nevada," he added. "Then, of course, South Carolina is the proving grounds for Cory's strength with African American voters."