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Booker: Impeachment trial could be ‘big blow’ to my campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Corey booker speaks during the National Urban League Conference, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief

Sen. Cory Booker says an impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a “big, big blow” to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa before the Feb. 3 caucuses.

Booker is among five senators seeking the Democratic nomination who face spending the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucus as jurors in President Donald Trump’s trial.

The challenge for Booker is particularly acute, given that he has struggled to break into the top tier and needs a strong showing in Iowa to keep his campaign going.

The New Jersey senator spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday for its “Ground Game” podcast.


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