Senator Cory “I am Spartacus” Booker (D-NJ) toured 24 states prior to the midterms, ostensibly campaigning for Democrats.

Having been somewhat cagey about his 2020 plans (and fooling no one), Booker admitted Sunday that he “will consider running for president” in 2020. reports:

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker just visited 24 — count ’em, 24 — states stumping for Democrats in the midterm elections.

He contributed $686,000 to House and Senate candidates across the nation.

And along the way, New Jersey’s dynamic Democrat stopped in all those early presidential primary states, plus a few that look to be big battlegrounds.

A dry run for a potential 2020 bid?

Even Booker wouldn’t quarrel with that.

“I will consider running for president,” Booker told NJ Advance Media.

“That’s something that I will do. There’s people in New Jersey who are talking to me about it, across the country that are talking to me about it, so I will consider that.”

Booker, not always a favorite of progressives, has been winning them over with fiscally and socially irresponsible proposals like “opportunity accounts” by which taxpayers fork over as much as $50,000 to every lower-income child in the nation.

Booker’s not just setting the stage with campaign stops and socialist policy plans, he’s also been consulting with key Obama and Clinton strategists in Iowa.

CNBC reports:

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has started consulting with two top Iowa presidential campaign strategists – one who worked with Hillary Clinton and another who worked with former President Barack Obama – as he contemplates a run for the White House in 2020, CNBC has learned.

These early conversations with top-tier consultants in Iowa, where the major parties hold their first contests of the presidential election season, are the latest signs Booker could be preparing to launch a campaign. He has said publicly that he is thinking about running for president.

. . . . It appears that Booker is looking to get a head start on the rest of the potential Democratic 2020 field in the crucial state. He has held discussions with Matt Paul, who led Clinton’s Iowa Caucus operation in 2016, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter. Paul currently works as senior vice president for consulting firm Cornerstone Government Affairs.

Earlier the month, Morning Consult/Politico published its latest 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary poll results and show Booker as the sixth choice among those polled.


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