Another Big Name Joins 2020 Race

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is latest Democrat to enter
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2019 6:51 AM CST
Another Big Name Joins 2020 Race
In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with a supporter at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.   (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)

Cory Booker is in. The New Jersey senator on Friday became the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race, reports Politico. He is the second African-American to throw a hat into the ring, behind Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as the fourth senator to either officially announce or to at least explore a run: Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are the others. The AP thinks five more Democratic senators could enter the fray as well. Need a quick bio? has one in video form. Booker is 49, unmarried, and first rose to national prominence as the mayor of Newark, his state's largest city. In 2013, he won a special election to replace Frank Lautenberg in the Senate, then won a full term of his own the following year.

"We are better when we help each other," Booker says in his launch announcement. "I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame." NPR sees that as Booker stressing a theme of unity to counter what he views as the divisive politics of President Trump. (Booker made headlines during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.)

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