Senator Booker Launches Bid for 2020 Presidential Nomination

Yuri Gripas/Reuters

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey announced on Friday that he was launching a bid for the White House, aiming to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for the 2020 presidential election.

Booker, 49, became the latest Democrat and the fourth U.S. senator to announce a presidential bid in what is expected to be a crowded race to be the candidate to try to unseat President Donald Trump.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, where no one is left behind,” he said in a video on his website. He added that he would focus on creating good jobs and reforming the criminal justice system.

He announced his bid on the first day of Black History Month, mentioning on his website the impact of racial discrimination on his family and a video posted on it emphasized racial justice issues.

Booker is the second black American to decide to run, after U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California.

Booker grew up in New Jersey, attended Stanford University and Yale Law School, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, before returning to New Jersey. In 2006, he became the mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, before becoming a senator seven years later.

(Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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WellHungChad
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I am Thparticuth!!!

Rocky Drummond
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Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gilligrand all went to meet Wall Street donors before declaring their candidacies. Bowing down to Wall Streeters is part of our problem.

We don’t have to fret too much about Sen. E. Warren doing that.

Rocky Drummond
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I just can’t trust Cory.

He promotes himself as a progressive, but his voting record doesn’t back that premise. The reason for his vote against creating a reserve fund to import cheaper drugs from Canada does not hold water (they are the same drugs we get here, Canadians aren’t dropping dead from them).

The American people will see through him pretty quickly.

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