Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker will look to build his Iowa support for the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucuses when he returns Sunday for a doubleheader in Story County for 10:15 a.m. at Grow Harmony Farm in Nevada and a 12 p.m. stop at Torrent Brewing.
Since announcing his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in February, Booker has built his campaign message on unification, and in his October visit to Boone, the senator from New Jersey said he believed that Iowa will be won “on character, no polls.”
While Booker has produced high attendance numbers in Story County visits, he is polling at 2 percent on average in Iowa and and nationally.
Recently, Booker unveiled a comprehensive economic opportunity plan titled The 2030 Project, that according to his campaign, will be a topic of discussion on Sunday.
The 2030 Project proposed a first-of-its-kind national competition that would designate and invest in at least 50 small- and medium-sized cities as vibrant regional economic hubs, bringing jobs and opportunity to local residents and surrounding communities.
The goals implemented in the plan address rural transit, high-speed broadband capabilities for both urban and rural communities and targeting federal aid for in-need communities.
In that October visit to McHose Shelter Park in Boone, Booker stressed the importance of tackling the similar issues that both rural and urban neighborhoods are facing.
Booker also proposed to start the Community Justice Fund, an effort focused on restoring wealth in historically marginalized communities.
While Booker has qualified for the Nov. 20 debate in Atlanta, he has not yet qualified for the more selective December debate in Los Angeles.
The thresholds for the Los Angeles debate require candidates to reach 4 percent support in at least four DNC-approved polls of primary voters nationally or in early voting states or, instead, they can qualify by hitting 6 percent in two approved early state polls.
Candidates must also bring in donations from 200,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 800 donors in 20 states, neither of which Booker met, yet. Qualified, so far are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, all of whom have routinely polled above 4 percent in approved polls.