Cory Booker Announces He's Running for President

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Calling for a sense of common goal, Sen. In similar fashion to Kamala Harris using MLK Day to launch her campaign, Booker is using the first day of Black History Month to stake his claim in the 2020 race.

Booker also addressed one of the key issues during the race, health care, saying he would not get rid of all private insurance even as he supports universal health care.

The former mayor of Newark, known for his oratory skills, added that he envisions a country "where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame".

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks during an interview with Fox News Channel at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on August 21, 2018. In the upper chamber, though, Booker has mainly pulled silly stunts like declaring a Spartacus moment for himself during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process, revealing memos that were going to be revealed anyway - and were meaningless.

If Booker is downplaying his enthusiasm for school choice, it's obvious why: To capture the Democratic nomination, he thinks he'll need to shed his image as a third-way Democrat and court the left.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) officially announced Friday that he is running for president in 2020. Jim Demers, who co-chaired Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire campaign, told NPR that Booker has "built his career on a message of unity".

Booker joins a growing field of candidates including Sen.

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Booker's video announcement released Friday is classic Booker: brimming with hope, compassion, optimism. The two senators, both African-American, are expected to battle for the influential black vote in the Democratic primaries.

He also highlighted how he still lives in inner-city Newark, and is the only senator who lives in a low-income community.

Booker, a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey's largest city, won a special Senate election in 2013 to replace Sen. And then ultimately, not whether he's innocent or guilty, this is not a trial, but ultimately have enough questions been raised that we should not move on to another candidate in that long list put together by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society?

His campaign highlighted that Booker - like many of his primary rivals - would reject contributions from corporate political action committees (PACs) and federal lobbyists.

Booker also did not take the express lane to a presidential bid, as Obama did. Striking a defiant tone, the Senate Judiciary Committee member threatened during a hearing to release a pre-cleared email regarding Kavanaugh's views about racial profiling while an aide to President George W. Bush.

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

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