The former mayor of Newark and the junior senator from New Jersey is jumping right into the race. He's skipped setting up an exploratory committee, and he's running for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, reported FOX.
He announced his candidacy for president. In a video, he calling for a sense of common purpose to solve a common problem.
The high-profile Democrat also launched a new website. In the two minute video, he painted his picture of what he thinks America should look like.
“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,” Booker said in the video.
He added that he pictures a country “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.”
Booker was expected to enter the race. He's been making visits, and he's been hiring staffers. Booker is just one of many Democratic candidates for the presidency. Those include Sen. Kamala Harris of California; former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have set up presidential exploratory committees, as has Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Next weekend, Booker will visit Iowa, where the first caucus is located, before heading to South Carolina, which is where the first primary is held in the South. Booker, who turns 50 in April will return to New Hampshire over President’s Day weekend.
In the video, Booker painted a picture of his family's low-income history. He also talked about the low-income inner-city neighborhood, Newark's Central Ward, where he continues to live.
“Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose,” Booker said at the end of the video announcement. “Together, America, we will rise.”
Booker became even more prominent in the fall as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was one of the Democrats fighting against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
He caught flack from Republicans for comparing himself to Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator and rebel slave who led a rebellion against the Roman Empire. He even threatened to defy the Senate rules and release confidential documents concerning Kavanaugh’s past.
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” he said at the time.
Booker's announcement had a mixed reception on Friday. Republicans, of course, were critical of his decision to launch a bid for the presidency.
The Republican National Committee called him a "political opportunist" who hadn't helped the people of Newark who he uses as the basis of his campaign.
“Cory Booker is a political opportunist who left Newark ridden with crime and an ‘emblem of poverty.’ Even the liberal base thinks he’s a disingenuous self-promoter, and his embrace of policies like higher taxes, single-payer health care, and government-guaranteed jobs make him totally out-of-touch with most Americans,” RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said.
However, not all Democrats were convinced either. They criticized him for not being as effective as he claimed.