Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

He announced his run on the first day of Black History Month, underscoring his consequential status as America's potential second black president after Barack Obama.

"I believe in this particular moment that awe then this authenticity is the most valuable political currency anyone can have, and you have gotten some criticism for grandstanding during your performance, during televised hearings".

In a poll conducted by CNN in December, Mr Booker was the favourite of just 5 per cent of likely Democratic voters nationwide, behind former vice president Joe Biden, Mr Sanders of Vermont and former US Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for the Democratic nomination.

Senator Cory Booker is now the latest Democrat to throw his name into the crowded field of 2020 hopefuls.

In turn, Mr Booker has said he "loves" Mr Trump as part of his Christian faith and that his party should not make opposition to the president the centrepiece of its message.

Booker joined a race already occupied by three other senators - Kamala D. Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - as well as several other candidates.

"Cory Booker is a political opportunist who left Newark ridden with crime and an 'emblem of poverty.' Even the liberal base thinks he's a disingenuous self-promoter, and his embrace of policies like higher taxes, single-payer health care, and government-guaranteed jobs make him totally out-of-touch with most Americans", RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said.

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"I would ask him a couple questions as he runs from my native New Jersey".

Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common objective". "Together, America, we will rise", he adds. In 2002, when he made his first, unsuccessful bid for mayor of Newark, he was followed by reporters and documentary crews; a chronicle of the campaign, "Street Fight", was nominated for an Academy Award. Rather than opening an exploratory committee to test the waters, Booker took the direct step to open a campaign seeking the Democrat nomination.

If the presidential race were a declamation contest, Mr Booker would head the pack.

"He's a person who operates between instincts, gut and faith", said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat who's the most recent former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"Everybody would love it if we could have a president who's great on these economic issues, who would also somehow unify the country", Reardon said. However, when Trump later fired Sessions over his recusal in the Russian Federation investigation, Booker said it was an "alarming development". "How 'bout Cory Booker?".

Last year, the senator was among those targeted in a mail-bombing campaign that was aimed at critics of Mr Trump.