NJ Senator Cory Booker Announces He is Running for President

Mr Booker aggressively questioning a witness on a Senate committee

Mr Booker aggressively questioning a witness on a Senate committee Credit Getty

President Trump has mocked the prospect of Booker launching a White House bid in 2020, evening telling West Virginia rally attendees in September that he "dreams" of the New Jersey Democrat running. While King appealed to equal rights and common humanity, Booker's video suggested that political leaders need to be members of minority groups so that minorities can feel "pride". The candidate who amasses the majority of delegates will be nominated at the party's convention in the summer and will likely face President Donald Trump, a Republican, in the general election. "He was someone who was pro-voucher, he was pro-charter school, he was somebody who was tough on crime in the city of Newark".

That same day, Harris announced that she was running for president. "I'm not even looking to simplistically to beat Republicans", Booker said. Booker recently described Carter as a "moral (giant) in America" and a model for "what I want my message to be in leadership". He briefly stopped talking to reporters, replying to the woman: "Hermana", which means sister in Spanish. However, when Trump later fired Sessions over his recusal in the Russian Federation investigation, Booker said it was an "alarming development".

Booker has served in the US Senate since 2013, and was mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.

"I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, where no one is left behind; Where parents can put food on the table, where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood".

Booker plans to travel to Iowa late next week for what his campaign is calling the "Iowa Rise" tour, starting with a stop in Mason City. They added that Booker - who turns 50 in April - will return to New Hampshire over President's Day weekend.

Booker began corresponding with D.C. lawmakers Thursday to notify his colleagues of his impending presidential bid and requesting their ongoing support.

A top recipient of Wall Street money, opponents are expected to chide him a "corporate Democrat".

The affable Booker, known for his fluency in connecting with voters during an age of selfies and social media, also could face some difficulty winning the hearts of the Democratic base due to his past financial ties to banking and pharmaceutical interests. Kamala Harris, spiritual author Marianne Williamson, and businessman Andrew Yang.

Booker is the fourth senator to announce that he is running or has launched an exploratory committee, after Sen. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have set up presidential exploratory committees, as has Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Hillary Clinton's battle with Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary - and her eventual loss to Trump in the election - triggered an ongoing debate within the party about the best path forward, pitting moderates against progressives and younger politicians against the old guard.

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