Less than two months into his presidential campaign, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has made a sweeping promise on his 2020 running mate, saying that his ticket will represent “gender diversity.”
“I wanted there to be a woman president in 2016, and it’s unfortunate that there wasn’t,” he told Ellen Degeneres on her show Wednesday.
“Look at the people running right now; we have incredibly talented, capable women and men, we have an openly gay candidate, black candidates, just incredible diversity,” Booker added.
“We should be a ticket that reflects the diversity of this country — gender diversity, race diversity,” he continued. “And if I’m elected as the nominee, I’m going to make sure there is gender diversity on the ticket.”
DeGeneres pointed out that he “zigzagged” around the question of if he would have a female vice presidential pick.
“Yes!” Booker clarified. “There will be gender diversity on the ticket.”
Watch the interview below:
If Booker is the nominee, he would have a large field to choose from. Four women in the Senate are currently in the running for president — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — along with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). There is speculation that former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is mulling a run.
Booker — or any nominee, for that matter — has even more options outside the women who have expressed interest in the top job. Right now, there are more female members of Congress than at any point in American history, signaling that the electorate, and especially the Democratic electorate, is interested in women running the show.
Jokingly, the New Jersey senator asked DeGeneres if she would be interested in the position.
“I would never want to be in politics,” she admitted.
“We all are in politics, that space,” Booker argued. “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”