If Booker Were Republican, He'd Be 'Sexist' For Running Against Women

Minnie Murray
February 2, 2019

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has announced he is running for USA president in 2020, joining a growing field of high-profile Democrats hoping to take on Donald Trump.

The message was followed by the release of a video in which the New Jersey Democrat argues that "together, we will channel our common pain back into our common objective".

"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.

By the time of his announcement, Booker had already spent time during the 2018 midterm election campaigning for congressional candidates and testing the waters for a presidential bid in the early states.

But that list of candidates is expected to grow in the coming weeks, with the decisions of former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Sanders looming largest over the shape of the field.

Booker's candidacy has raised inevitable comparisons to Barack Obama, America's first black president.

Unlike some of his rivals for the nomination, Booker skipped setting up an exploratory committee as a first step toward running for the White House.

Booker, the former mayor of Newark, N.J. who was elected to the Senate in 2013, is running in an historically large and diverse primary field.

On Friday Cory Booker rolled out an inspirational-style video and will be hitting the road in Iowa and SC, starting what he hopes is the long journey to the Democratic nomination. Booker's interests were broad, however: He also served as student body president and ran a crisis hotline for students. "And I think that people all across the country are exhausted of how divided Americans have become".

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was an outspoken critic of Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. However, when Trump later fired Sessions over his recusal in the Russian Federation investigation, Booker said it was an "alarming development". Instead, he served almost eight years as mayor, passing on an opportunity to lead Obama's Office of Urban Affairs in 2009, before successfully running for Senate in 2013 in a special election following the death of Sen.

Since Trump came to office in January 2017, Democrats have tried to challenge him on his immigration agenda and demands for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Other noted Democrats who have thrown their hat in the ring include California Sen.

"Together America, we will rise", he says, reprising a line he deployed successfully at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to raucous cheers.

"Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or most importantly, talk about their vision for the country", he said. "We've got to extend each other more grace".

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