Vegan Senator Cory Booker to Challenge Trump for Presidency

Sen. Cory Booker speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington Thursday Jan. 24 2019
Sen. Cory Booker speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington Thursday Jan. 24 2019
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02 February, 2019

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"In America, we have a common pain, but what we're lacking is a sense of common objective", Booker begins in his announcement video.

In his announcement video, Booker talked of his upbringing in New Jersey, one that he noted distinguishes him from the rest of the Senate - as well as his competitors in the presidential race. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.

"I grew up knowing that the only way we could make change is when we come together", Booker said in his announcement, which focused on his biography and experience.

"To me, he has the ability to inspire people, but also comes with the back-up of substance", he added, pointing to Booker's recent work on successful criminal justice reform efforts.

In his interview with The Post, Trump predicted Booker was "not going to be a problem" for him to beat.

The New Jersey Democrat is facing an array of competitors for his party's nomination.

"We'll wait to look at his record", she said. "I believe we do". "Together, America, we will rise".

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Hillary Clinton's battle with Bernie Sanders in the 2016 competition for the Democratic nomination - and her eventual loss to Trump in the election - triggered an ongoing debate within the party about the best path forward, pitting moderates against progressives and younger politicians against the old guard.

Booker announced his presidential bid on Friday in a video to supporters. "If you're exhausted of that bitterness, that trash talking, that trolling, that politics that is a race to the bottom in our country, then don't support me, because I'm not in this race to tear people down".

Born in the nation's capital but raised in New Jersey, Booker made a name for himself as Newark mayor by personally shoveling the snow of residents. Booker is the second black candidate in the increasingly large and diverse 2020 Democratic primary field.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last summer and fall was one of the Democrats leading the push against the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

And as a surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign, Booker admonished Democratic criticism of GOP nominee Mitt Romney's business career, saying: "Stop attacking private equity".

With an elite law degree in hand, Booker bypassed more lucrative opportunities and moved into an affordable housing complex in one of Newark's poorest neighborhoods, planning to lend his skills to a nonprofit.


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