Warren, Booker to address DC progressive event: report

Warren, Booker to address DC progressive event: report
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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (Mass.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) are among the big Democratic names speaking at an upcoming event for progressives in Washington, D.C., according to a new report.

Booker and Warren are confirmed for the May 16 Ideas Conference organized by the Center for American Progress (CAP) at Washington’s St. Regis Hotel, Politico said Wednesday.

Politico said other high-profile speakers include Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence MORE (Conn.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions MORE (N.Y.).


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) are also slated to speak, Politico added, with more luminaries expected to attend.

“So much of our time right now is engaged, and rightfully so, in fighting [President] Trump,” CAP President Neera Tanden said. "It’s obviously critical that we provide a positive alternative of how we’re going to address the country’s challenges.”

CAP is loosely imitating the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with the Ideas Conference, according to Politico. The yearly showcase is a prime spotlight for conservative and Republican leaders, with notable past speakers including Trump, now-Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Majority of voters say federal officials staying at Trump hotels is a conflict of interest Trump names finalists for national security adviser MORE and former President Ronald Reagan.

Politico added that Ideas Conference speakers are encouraged to express opinions on issues including climate change, the economy, national security and civil and reproductive rights. The event will also include panel discussions and interactive conservations aimed at grassroots activists and organizations.

“There’s a level of energy out there that I haven’t seen, and it’s not our role to pick winners and losers,” Tanden said. "I think there will be a process. Some people will be really successful. Some won’t. It’s great to have that trial and error out there.”  

Democrats are hoping they can capitalize on grassroots opposition to Trump following their party’s stunning loss in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump shocked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE on Election Day, ushering in GOP control of the White House and both congressional chambers.