Presidential Candidate Sen. Cory Booker visits Lee County

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Lee County took center stage in the 2020 presidential race Saturday, another Democratic candidate for the 2020 election paid a visit to the Hawkeye State

“We’ve really liked what Cory Booker has been saying on the trail,” said Lee County resident Matt Rump.

He and his family, along with dozens of other Iowans packed the Lost Canvas coffee shop in Keokuk to get a chance to see Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker, the second recent presidential candidate to visit Lee County, Iowa.

“You know we’re educators, I don’t know if he’s going to touch on education and how it’s important but we’re just looking to hear what all the candidates have to say,” said Rump.

“I am literally standing before you right now as a united states senator, I am literally standing before you right now as a presidential candidate because of rooms like this– of Americans in a moral moment in that generation that did not stay on the couch,” said Booker.

Booker met with residents, shaking hands and talking about issues facing Iowans.

“I think there are real issues Iowans are struggling with, from farmers having trouble with the flooding and the tariffs, and are frustrated, farmers who don’t want hand outs but a chance to compete fairly,” said Booker, “I’m hearing a lot of folks talking about the assault on public education, the teachers having trouble making ends meet because their salaries are so low I hear people talk about frustrations with what’s happening around this country.”

People who came out to see Booker, like Lee County residents Jim and Betty Posz, said with Iowa playing a critical role in elections, they take their civic duty seriously.

“We’re interested in seeing as many candidates as we can being from Iowa we take that very seriously,” said Betty, “we like what we’ve heard so far about Cory but we haven’t made a decision yet.”

Over the next few days, Booker’s campaign plans to tour Iowa to meet with voters and visit communities impacted by flooding along the Mississippi.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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