Adding:Cory Booker just gave the speech of his life to Iowa Democrats. Here's how they reacted.
DES MOINES -- Four standing ovations later, Cory Booker walked off the stage with an "Amen!"
If forlorn Iowa Democrats weren't quite mouthing the words "President Booker," they certainly seemed open to the idea by the end of a rousing 45-minute speech on Saturday night at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual gala. ...
The mood wasn't quite funereal, but as the night began there were more grimaces than smiles at the event that simultaneously raises funds for candidates of statewide office and serves as an ersatz debutante's ball for 2020 presidential contenders.
But anyone who's been to Newark will tell you Cory Booker gives great hugs, and Iowa's demoralized Democrats got a big ol' squeeze from him Saturday night. ...
By the night's end, many Democrats who said they entered the gala skeptical said they emerged convinced about Booker's potential.
Jeff Link, who managed Sen. Tom Harkin's 1996 reelection campaign and was his chief of staff from 1997 to 1999, called the speech "historic" for the Iowa gala.
Scott Thompson, a 56 year old volunteer with the Iowa Democratic Party who works as an economist for the state of Iowa, agreed Booker had emerged a serious 2020 presidential contender.
Des Moines Register: Sen. Cory Booker fires up Iowa Democrats: 'It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up' ...
“This is not a time to curl up. It is not a time to shut up. It is not a time to give up. It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up!” he said to rising applause from the Des Moines crowd. “It is time for you not to wait for hope, but to be the hope.”