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Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has chosen the first day of Black History Month to announce he is running for president in 2020. Booker is senator who has been the mayor of Newark, Jersey. In his announcement video, Booker also notes that he is “the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner city community” in Newark, “the first community that took a chance on me.”
Booker is now apart of a very diverse democratic party. At 49, he is the youngest of his running party which now includes multiple women, one gay candidate, a Latino and, with Booker now in the mix, two black candidates. And to add to his uniqueness, Cory is unmarried and a vegan.
Bookers campaign will be centered around the themes of finding “common purpose” and a bringing about a “revival of civic grace” in American society, drawing a stark, if implicit, contrast with President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric. We have seen Booker in the news most recently fighting for the legalization of marijuana and speaking out against Trump’s administration, including at the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. As senator, Booker signed onto policies such as “Medicare-for-all.” He also announced last year he would not take any money from corporate PACs.
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Written by Clarke Jones