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He’s In: Cory Booker Announces He’s Running for President

The former Newark mayor and current U.S. senator has thrown his hat in the ring, making him the second prominent African American in the race and fourth U.S. senator.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2019 @10:51am
He’s In: Cory Booker Announces He’s Running for President

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) officially threw his hat in the presidential ring on Friday, making him the second prominent African American to seek the Democratic nomination and the fourth U.S. senator to make some sort of official announcement.

Booker, 49, made the announcement via video and in an email to supporters:

First rising to prominence as the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Booker became a U.S. senator in 2013 when he won a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died in June of that year. Booker won his first full term, which he is still serving, in 2014.

Booker was the first black Democrat to join the chamber since Obama had left it, and quickly established himself as a business-friendly liberal.

After winning a full term in 2014, Booker began to make moves on the left. He broke with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to back Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and helped protect states that had legalized medical marijuana. In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) quietly vetted Booker as a potential running mate. In 2017, Booker endorsed Sanders’s Medicare-for-all heath-care plan, as well as legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

He joins fellow Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), his Senate colleagues already running for the Democratic nomination. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are all expected to jump into the fray, as well.

Given his past record, Booker may struggle to outflank his Senate colleagues on the party’s far-left, liberal side of the spectrum. He’s “viewed skeptically by his party’s left,” per the Washington Post, thanks to some of his previously held positions.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee issued the following statement responding to Booker’s announcement:

“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.”

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