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Cory Booker: New Jersey Democrat joins presidential race

02 February 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) launched his presidential campaign on Friday, with a video in which he talked about the need for unity.

Cory Booker has announced he will run for President.

Booker enters what's shaping up to be a crowded presidential primary, with three of his fellow Democratic senators - Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - already either declared or exploring a run. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris announced presidential plans, most Democratic strategists and officials consider Booker a top-tier contender who has spent months building relationships and laying organizational groundwork in the early voting states. "I understand what you're saying about your record, but I do think there's something to be said, when I think of you now, I think of, 'I am Spartacus, ' and that I don't know is the best reflection of you".

Booker is joining a long list of Democrats looking to challenge President Trump.

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Public polling suggests Booker is unknown to many Americans.

"If we become a party that is about what we're against, I don't think that's a winning strategy", Mr Booker told The Atlantic magazine in a December interview.

"It is not a matter of can we, it's a matter of do we have the collective will, the American will?" he added. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to legalize pharmaceutical imports from Canada, and has been increasingly more outspoken about high drug prices.

The 49-year-old Booker released an online video to his supporters stressing the power of the collective will of the American people to "channel our common pain back into our common objective". His jam-packed December visit to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, had the look and the feel of a presidential campaign trip.

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In other corners of the Democratic Party, there is more skepticism of Booker. 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.

Booker joins a growing field of candidates including Sen.

Sen. Cory Booker taking a photo with a voter in Nashua, N.H., in December 2018.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last summer and fall was one of the Democrats leading the push against the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Booker's interests were broad, however: He also served as student body president and ran a crisis hotline for students.

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Booker hedged when asked by a reporter if he believed Mr. Trump was a racist.

Cory Booker: New Jersey Democrat joins presidential race