No, Cory Booker is not going to Iowa

Newark Mayor CoryBooker speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
Cory Booker (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Cory Booker isn't a United States senator yet, and he's not going to Iowa, either.

The Daily Beast reported a bit ago that Booker will appear in Iowa Aug. 29 at an event hosted by the University of Iowa, citing the university's Web site.

But Booker's Senate campaign says it's not true.

"This is inaccurate," Booker campaign manager Kevin Griffis said. "He’s not going."

Booker's campaign said he was scheduled to give the speech prior to the special election being called. And the University of Iowa confirmed to Post Politics that the speech was finalized on May 21, prior to Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) death and the subsequent declaring of a special election.

But university spokesman Lin Larson said the speech was never canceled and said Booker's campaign has blamed its speakers bureau for a failure to do so. Larson said the speech was canceled Monday.

The appearance would have come two weeks after a special election primary that Booker is leading handily. The special election is slated for Oct. 16, and Booker is the heavy favorite there as well.

Booker's name has popped up in the past when it comes to potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Of course, if he wanted to run in 2016, he would have to start running just more than a year after winning his seat. President Obama started his campaign a little more than two years after winning his seat.

Booker responded on Reddit earlier this year to a question about a 2016 presidential run, saying: "Please. 44 people have held that position in the history of our country. We need to stop looking at that as the be all and end all of elected service. This country needs more people that focus on where they are and the urgent call to service before us."

Updated at 4:39 p.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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