Warren, Booker to address DC progressive event: report

Warren, Booker to address DC progressive event: report
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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 MurphyDemocratic Sen. Chris Murphy announces book on gun violence Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity Democrats look to demonize GOP leader MORE (Conn.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing 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 PenceUS military satellites are vulnerable to hacking — but Trump's 'Space Force' could help fix that Jewish group plans DC protest to occupy ICE detention centers Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border 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 ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE on Election Day, ushering in GOP control of the White House and both congressional chambers.