Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race

President Trump has mocked the prospect of Booker launching a White House bid in 2020, evening telling West Virginia rally attendees in September that he "dreams" of the New Jersey Democrat running.

Sean Rayford/TNS/NewscomWhen Cory Booker first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, he was known as a supporter of school choice.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election on Friday with a video championing the Civil Rights movement and decrying America's lack of a "common goal".

But that list of candidates is expected to grow in the coming weeks, with the decisions of former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Sanders looming largest over the shape of the field. "One is, what is wrong with the candidates that are already in there?" she said.

Gabbard's supporters say she is an opponent of United States wars, while critics point out that she has ties to Syria's Bashar al-Assad and India's Narendra Modi, and supports the so-called war on "terror". Booker is expected to head to Iowa Feb. 8 and 9, to SC on Feb. 10 and 11, and then to New Hampshire over President's Day weekend.

Unlike some of his rivals for the nomination, Booker skipped setting up an exploratory committee as a first step toward running for the White House. Booker served as mayor of Newark from 2006 through 2013.

In addition to Booker, Democratic California Sen.

In the Senate, Booker has at times favored a pragmatic approach, teaming up with like-minded Republicans on issues like criminal justice.

Booker has made a name for himself by vehemently opposing President Donald Trump, even going so far as to disagree with Martin Luther King, Jr. in opposing the nomination of his then-fellow Senator Jeff Sessions to become attorney general.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr Booker previous year put himself in the national limelight as an outspoken critic of Justice Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. "And I think that people all across the country are exhausted of how divided Americans have become".

Booker's prospects appear less impressive than some of his other Senate colleagues getting into the race.

"It's easy to say 'I love America.' But love is not a word; it is action, it is sacrifice, it is work", Booker said, summarizing his campaign philosophy. Last year, he said he doesn't know if he has tapped into "a winning political message or not, but I will always be talking about trying to unify this country, trying to bring us together".

While he has been overshadowed nationally in recent weeks as Democrats including Sens. "But I think the reward is higher, because that means more if you can inspire, versus anger", Sterzenbach said. Booker is the second black candidate in the increasingly large and diverse 2020 Democratic primary field.

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