Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat from Newark, New Jersey, announced on Feb. 1, 2019, he is entering the presidential race.
Booker chose to announce the launch of his campaign on the first day of Black History Month.
In the video, released to make the announcement, he can be seen walking in a Newark neighborhood. He said:
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 of America.”
In 2017 49-year-old Booker told NPR his goal was to meet hate with love. Meet darkness with light, and we are not at a moral moment in the United States. In order to move this country forward, values need to be turned up.
Booker made a name for himself as Newark’s mayor, primarily because of his use of social media platforms such as Twitter. He championed causes such as the food stamp program and homelessness by staging hunger strikes, living in a tent and by sharing his activities on Twitter. A constituent tweeted asking for help for her elderly father needing assistance during a snowstorm removing snow from his driveway. Booker went to the man’s home and shoveled it. Booker also ran into a burning building, saving the life of a woman, suffering burns and smoke inhalation.
In the Senate, Booker drew attention to the Affordable Care Act by staging sit-downs on the Senate Steps and live streaming the event.
However, Booker was not perfect. During the Brett Kavanaugh hearings for Supreme Court confirmation, he threatened to released documents which were confidential from the years Kavanaugh worked with President Bush. The documents in question were already released to the public.
Booker has been an advocate for improving the criminal justice system and was one of the first to call for legalization of marijuana. He also agrees with Medicare for all, raising the minimum wage to $15, and has been against Trump’s cabinet appointments.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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