Friday, 22 February, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker launches 2020 bid

Cory Booker Cory Booker could run for president in 2020 Credit Reuters
Leonard Rios | 02 February, 2019, 03:24

"Of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it", Booker says in the video, in which he walks through his Newark, New Jersey neighborhood. "One is, what is wrong with the candidates that are already in there?" she said.

"It is not a matter of "can we, ' it's a matter of 'do we have" the collective will, the American will?"

"I saw the receptivity to me giving my authentic message out there, not shying away from the urgent calls of justice, not shying away from the need to stand up for those who are being left behind and left out", he said.

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". "Together, America, we will rise". After the speech, Booker plans to make several campaign stops in Iowa, which holds the nation's first presidential nominating contest.

"I would ask him a couple of questions as he runs from my native New Jersey", Conway replied.

Cory Booker is joining the race for the White House in 2020. But it also follows an extremely ugly season for his party in particular, when America's "shame" for its elected leaders reached a new level: the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. Harris announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Booker continued to publicly downplay the assumption he'd arrived at a final decision.

The second-term senator from New Jersey had appeared at political events in Iowa and New Hampshire as speculation mounted that he would parlay the Kavanaugh fracas into a presidential run.

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Trump also has criticized Booker's tenure as mayor of Newark.

Sen. Cory Booker taking a photo with a voter in Nashua, N.H., in December 2018. He rose to national attention for his community-minded efforts to turn around the poverty and crime stricken city, focusing in part on criminal justice reform. Later mocked by Republicans for grandstanding, the senator exposed himself to punishment by releasing confidential documents.

He has campaign stops planned in Iowa on February 8-9, followed by a trip to SC on February 10-11 and to New Hampshire later in the month.

Other contenders include former United States representative John Delaney, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former president Barack Obama.

Last year, he announced he would no longer accept corporate PAC money; some progressives have been skeptical of Booker for the support he has received from Wall Street donors.

This report was featured in the Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, episode of ABC News' daily news podcast, "Start Here".

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