DES MOINES, IA - New Jersey Senator Cory Booker was in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday for the 2019 Polk County Steak Fry event at Water Works Park. The affair, put on by the Polk County Democrats, featured 17 Democratic presidential candidates who mingled with the crowd throughout the day.
Senator Booker talked about his roots in Iowa, saying his grandmother was raised in a town called Buxton. He passionately exclaimed, "We are not a nation of hate and discrimination," as he recounted his family's struggles.
Senator Booker said, "Democrats, we're the party of we, not the party of me. We're the party of inclusion, not the party of exclusion. We're not the party of a wealthy few, we're the party of everyone, everybody, everywhere. We're the party of civil rights, of women's rights, of workers' rights, of LGBTQ rights." And he said to a loud round of applause, "We're the party that believes in science."
Ireland Larsen, a volunteer for the Booker campaign said, "I started supporting Cory because I had watched him for a little bit, and I was so inspired and motivated by him. I come from a lower economic-standing family and his policies align with the issues I was affected by growing up, like access to healthcare."
The event drew over 12,000 Democrats who were there to hear from the presidential candidates, and grab a selfie or two.
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