Cory Booker makes it official: He's running for president in 2020

Cory Booker makes it official: He's running for president in 2020

"We are better when we help each other", Booker said in the video he released on Friday announcing he was a candidate for his party's presidential nomination.

"I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America", he says in the video.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks on behalf of U.S. Democratic congressional candidate Chris Pappas encouraging volunteer campaign canvassers ahead of the midterm elections in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., October 28, 2018. President Trump said of the 2020 Democrat hopeful.

Born in the capital Washington on April 27, 1969, Booker grew up in an affluent suburb of Newark, where he was a standout high school football player.

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.

In the Senate, Booker has at times favored a pragmatic approach, teaming up with like-minded Republicans on issues like criminal justice. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen.

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Booker replied that it doesn't matter if he looks authentic, because the policy changes he made were authentic. But Booker has also aggressively cultivated a network in Iowa, recognizing that a strong performance there would build valuable momentum for later contests.

In a poll conducted by CNN in December, Mr Booker was the favourite of just 5 per cent of likely Democratic voters nationwide, behind former vice president Joe Biden, Mr Sanders of Vermont and former US Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas. Cory Booker has preached the politics of inclusion and optimism.

"If he stays in that lane and is the articulate, inspirational guy that he is, then I think he's got a legitimate chance to be a serious potential problem for the president in the general election". He turned that work into a 1998 campaign for a city council seat in Newark, where he defeated a four-term incumbent to launch his political career. He sought the post again in 2006 and won.

Booker will be up for re-election in New Jersey in 2020; state law would permit him to run for Senate and president simultaneously. During the height of the Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Booker drew attention to the debate by holding a sit-in on the steps of the Senate with other Democrats, and livestreaming the event for hours. "No, I'm looking to unite Americans".

Booker declares his goal to build an America "where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride", a suggestion that political leaders should be members of minority groups, in order to build the pride of such minorities - especially African-Americans. "I think if we give all of our energy - psychic, mental - toward Donald Trump, it makes him powerful".

"I dream of these people every night!"

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