Democratic Sen. Cory Booker refuted the rumors that he was interested in running for president during the 2020 election, according to a Sunday interview with CNN.
Booker easily topped the list of potential Democratic contenders for 2020 after President Donald Trump surprised the nation with his win in November. Booker’s youth, as well as his popularity with the vocal progressive wing of the party, make the rumors easy to believe, but Booker himself was unwilling to address the speculation head-on until recently.
Sen. Cory Booker on presidential run in 2020: “I want to be a person of purpose, not thinking about a future office” https://t.co/99PvwTyU7o
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“I think that we are doing — anybody in office is doing exactly what the American people are fed up and sick and tired of by talking about politics,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Lets talk about people and purpose now. I want to be authentic in who I am right now. I want to be a person of purpose not thinking about a future office.”
Booker asserted that politicians who focus only on the next attainable office weren’t good politicians, before adding that such ambition usually forces someone to make compromises in their current office.
“I am going to be fearless in telling the truth. I don’t care where it ends me up because I think when I go home to Newark, New Jersey, that’s what my community wants from me.”
Other top contenders for the Democratic seat include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton herself.
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