Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Saul Bowman
February 2, 2019

Cory Booker on Friday morning declared his candidacy for president.

"I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America", he says in the video.

In his announcement video, Booker talked of his upbringing in New Jersey, one that he noted distinguishes him from the rest of the Senate - as well as his competitors in the presidential race.

During a trip to Georgia in January, former President Jimmy Carter told Booker he hoped he runs for president, a moment captured by the senator on his Instagram story, in which he thanked Carter and said, "You encouraging me means more to me than you can imagine".

"To me, he has the ability to inspire people, but also comes with the back-up of substance", he added, pointing to Booker's recent work on successful criminal justice reform efforts.

"Welcome, the water seems warm", Conway said, addressing Booker.

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"We'll wait to look at his record", she said.

Booker declares his goal to build an America "where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride", a suggestion that political leaders should be members of minority groups, in order to build the pride of such minorities - especially African-Americans. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to legalize pharmaceutical imports from Canada, and has been increasingly more outspoken about high drug prices.

Booker timed the announcement for the start of Black History Month, which CNN assumes is a sign that Booker will put his identity front and center.

The campaign message of Booker, who's a gifted orator on the stump, will center on his signature themes of finding "common purpose" and a bringing about a "revival of civic grace" in American society, drawing a stark, if implicit, contrast with President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric.

A former mayor of Newark, New Jersey's largest city, Booker won a special Senate election in 2013 to replace Democrat Frank Lautenberg and then won a full Senate term in 2014.

"I'm not in this race to tear people down, '" he said. Cory Booker has preached the politics of inclusion and optimism.

Booker, the Times attempts to convince its readership, is really a lot like another " pioneering" figure who successfully defeated the Republicans twice.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr Booker past year put himself in the national limelight as an outspoken critic of Justice Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. His 2012 "Meet the Press" interview when he criticized Barack Obama's attacks on Mitt Romney's private equity experience hasn't been forgotten by the hardcore left.

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