Sen. Cory Booker announces 2020 presidential bid

Sen. Cory Booker announces 2020 presidential bid

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian)
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian)

WASHINGTON – Sen. Cory Booker is running for president, the New Jersey Democrat announced in a campaign video posted to Twitter on Friday.

“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it. I’m Cory Booker and I’m running for president of the United States,” he said in the video.

Booker, 49, has been in the Senate since 2013. Prior to that, he served seven years as mayor of Newark.

Booker is a staunch opponent of the Trump administration, most notably on issues related to civil rights. Last September he earned both praise and scorn for releasing 15-pages of confidential emails related to then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s views on the use of racial profiling. Kavanaugh was later confirmed and now serves on the court.

“I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate … I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now,” Booker told the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to the release.

Other presidential candidates include Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former congressmen John Delaney (Md.) and Julian Castro (Texas). Marianne Williamson, the best-selling author, spiritual adviser and former Congressional candidate in California, announced her candidacy on Monday.

Prospective candidates are said to include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in an interview that aired  Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he is considering running as a “Centrist Independent.” He has been hit with significant backlash by many Democrats who fear his candidacy would split voters who don’t support President Donald Trump and assure his re-election.

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