Courtesy of WaPo:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to a growing and increasingly diversified field of 2020 candidates intent on taking on President Trump.
Booker made his announcement via an email and video to supporters.
“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,” Booker said in his video, which made repeated references to Trump and his actions as president.
“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,” he said.
Booker joined a race already occupied by three other senators — Kamala D. Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — as well as several other candidates.
I don’t really have anything against Cory Booker, I think he has some good credentials and definitely has star quality.
He also, however, has a little baggage as he was a fairly pro-business Democrat in New York, took money from big pharma, and was a champion for charter schools, which does not play well on the Left right now.
I actually don’t think he brings anything new to the discussion, however, he has every right to run and would not make a bad nominee if he managed to survive the political gauntlet.