Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is making it clear his 2020 presidential campaign will be the antithesis of President Donald Trump’s and will attempt to convey a sense of togetherness.
Less than a week since Booker’s announcement, Trump has already spoken about his campaign.
“He’s got no chance,” Trump said on Face the Nation Sunday. “I say no chance.”
Booker used Trump’s disbelief to promote his campaign message.
“I think every American knows about being underestimated, demeaned or just put down,” Booker said on “CBS This Morning” Monday, adding that others have underestimated the United States throughout its history.
“We don’t need a president that’s going to put down people or divide people. This is really one of those times in American history, I think we need a revival of civic grace and bringing people together and that’s going to be one of the major themes of my campaign.”
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"We don't need a president that's going to put down people or divide people. This is really one of those times in American history, I think we need a revival of civic grace and bringing people together." — Sen. @CoryBooker pic.twitter.com/vFuRuR6xbi
— CBS This Morning ? (@CBSThisMorning) February 4, 2019
Booker also talked about fighting for a “common purpose” while the country is going through a “common pain,” the first words uttered in the senator’s campaign video released last week.
“In America, we have a common pain, but what we’re lacking is a sense of common purpose,” the ad begins.
The New Jersey senator elaborated on that point in his Monday interview.
“If you’re a Republican or Democrat, from medical care to working full-time jobs and still being below the poverty line and we have so much common pain in America but what we’ve lost is that sense of common purpose,” he said. “So more than ever we need leadership that’s gonna remind people that we have a common urgency in this country, we have to find ways of putting indivisible back into this one nation.”