US Senator Cory Booker, who gained national prominence in the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has announced that he will run for the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Booker was the first black Democrat to join the chamber since Obama had left it, and quickly established himself as a business-friendly liberal. But he bears a hopeful, optimistic demeanor that could set him apart in the crowded Democratic field and contrast well with President Donald Trump's division.
Booker plans to visit Iowa the weekend of February 8th and will then campaign in SC, a key primary state where African American voters will play a significant role in shaping the course of the primary.
Mr Booker has called for reform of the criminal justice system, affordable healthcare and the legalisation of marijuana.
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In turn, Booker has said he "loves" Trump as part of his Christian faith and that his party should not make opposition to the president the centerpiece of its message. But Booker has also aggressively cultivated a network in Iowa, recognizing that a strong performance there would build valuable momentum for later contests.
Sen. Cory Booker taking a photo with a voter in Nashua, N.H., in December 2018.
Booker is one of several senators running for president or seriously considering it. He sought the post again in 2006 and won.
From City Hall, Booker became one of the country's best-known mayors, leveraging his fame into attention and lucrative investments for Newark.
It will be hard to find a more gifted orator in the 2020 Democratic field than the New Jersey senator. He will be able to run for a second full Senate term in 2020 while running for president, thanks to a law that New Jersey's governor signed in November.
In some ways, Booker is a political heir to former President Jimmy Carter, who in the aftermath of the Nixon administration pledged a government "as good and honest and decent and compassionate and filled with love as are the American people". "No, I'm looking to unite Americans". And then ultimately, not whether he's innocent or guilty, this is not a trial, but ultimately have enough questions been raised that we should not move on to another candidate in that long list put together by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society?
Booker's campaign manager will be Addisu Demissie, who managed California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign last year and previously worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. In 2017, he co-sponsored Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All bill. "What he did when he chose to take on an incumbent mayor, I think he's driven more by faith and goal than politics".
"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.