And given the policies he’s supporting, he may need that change.
The senator has joined the majority of the field in supporting far-left policies like Medicare for All. He is even a co-sponsor for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
Over one decade, Medicare for All and the Green New Deal have sticker prices of $32 trillion and $93 trillion, respectively. For comparison’s sake, the total GDP for the United States in 2018 was just over $20 trillion, meaning the first year of the Green New Deal would cost nearly half of the nation’s GDP.
Numbers like these have prompted Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden to call for more “pragmatic” policy plans — even if he faces criticisms from the more liberal members of his party. He claimed that those backing Medicare for All “mean well” but won’t actually find legislative success. The former vice president also bashed the Green New Deal, instead claiming that his plan is “most far-reaching plan that’s really in reach.”
Biden’s calls for pragmatism seemed to have rubbed Booker the wrong way, according to the report from the Examiner.
After the senator was asked how he “realistically” could unite the country, Booker told the crowd that he hates the word “realistically”:
“There’s one word I can’t stand: it’s ‘realistically.’ And the reason why I can’t stand is because I was the mayor of a city that had decades of crime and corruption as its reputation. […] My whole career has been about not accepting people thinking what’s in the realm of possible. I want to challenge folks because I know American history like you know American history. American history actually is a perpetual testimony to the achievement of the impossible. We brought major majorities together, new American majorities, not just Democrats, but Democrats who would work with Republicans, who would work with independents to do things that defied the realm of possibility. This summer we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of putting someone on the moon. If I am your president, I promise you we will defy gravity again.”
While Booker clearly sees these policies as his moonshot, landing on the moon still required a plan and, so far, the payment for the Green New Deal has not been outlined.
Despite the fact that the Green new deal is unaffordable, Booker told the Examiner that he wants Americans to imagine a future where those policies are a reality.
“I’m also somebody that says we need to expand the moral imagination in this country of what’s possible,” said Booker.