In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper which aired Sunday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) dodged questions about his connections to the pharmaceutical industry.
First confronted with comments from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who, according to Tapper, said that Booker and other Democrats “lacked the guts” to stand up to pharmaceutical companies, Booker attempted to diminish the importance of the episode.
“You know that that was not a bill. It was a resolution. It was not even something that, if everybody in the Senate voted for, it would have changed one thing,” Booker said.
Booker and Sanders may both run for president in 2020, potentially setting up a redux of the battle between centrist Democrats and the Sanders/Warren wing.
Tapper then pointed out that Booker recieved more donations from pharmaceutical companies in 2014 than any other Senate candidate.
Booker dodged discussing that fact, offering instead a cookie-cutter response: “I’m a big believer that life is about what you do and not what you say. And so my performance in the Senate, when it comes to issues that really are important to my community, please understand this, a lot Senators go home, I go home to Newark, New Jersey, Central Ward.”
Booker then touted “an incredibly innovative program” to reduce drug prices in Newark that he instituted during his tenure as mayor.
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