Washington Bureau

07.29.13

Cory Booker Visiting Iowa In August (CORRECTED)

EDITOR'S NOTE (A previous version of this post said Cory Booker was heading to Iowa to speak at the University of Iowa’s Welcome Back Week, which was on the calendar of the University of Iowa’s website. After publication, a Booker spokesperson said that the event was "not on his schedule.")

Is Cory Booker already running for President in 2016?

The Newark mayor who is heavily favored in New Jersey’s special election to replace Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate has already scheduled a major speaking engagement in Iowa in August.

According to the University of Iowa’s website, Booker, who has long been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, is speaking at the University of Iowa’s student union on August 29 as part of “Welcome Back Week.” The speech will be just a little over two weeks after the primary election in Booker’s Senate campaign where he is facing two incumbent Democratic congressmen, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone.

This won’t be the first time that the Newark mayor has reached out to Hawkeye State Democrats. In 2012, Booker spoke to Iowa’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention at a special breakfast held in Charlotte.

The University of Iowa did not return a call asking for comment.