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Cory Booker Announces He’s Running For President

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Molly Prince Politics Reporter

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced Friday he is officially launching a campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

“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 announcement video.

Amid speculation of Booker’s presidential aspirations, the New Jersey senator revealed in December 2018 he would make a decision on whether or not to launch a 2020 presidential run over the holiday season.

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“I will consider running for president. That’s something that I will do,” Booker said at the time. “There’s people in New Jersey who are talking to me about it, across the country that are talking to me about it, so I will consider that.”

Booker already began speaking to voters from around the country. During the midterm election season, he traveled to nearly half of the 50 states while stumping for more than 40 other Democrats, according to his staffers. (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Is Officially Launching 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee)

Senator Cory Booker speaks on behalf of U.S. Democratic congressional candidate Chris Pappas. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Senator Cory Booker speaks on behalf of U.S. Democratic congressional candidate Chris Pappas. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The former Newark mayor has also made multiple trips to Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses, touting his familial roots, reported CNN.

“This country has enough hate, enough bigotry, enough anti-Semitism,” Booker said in December 2018. “What we need now is courageous actors who call to the conscience of our country a higher moral imagination, who call for a revival of civic grace.”

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation into law in November 2018 allowing Booker to re-run for his U.S. Senate seat when his term expires in 2020 while at the same time seek the presidency.

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