Booker Says If He Wins The Dem Primary In 2020, He’ll Look To ‘Women First’ For VP

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Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said that if he won the Democratic nomination for 2020, he would first look for a woman to run on the ticket, during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night.


“Let me ask you about the big field that you’re joining,” Maddow said. “A lot of women, and especially a lot of your women Senate colleagues, are already running. You are blessed among women in the field right now.”

“Yes,” Booker responded. (RELATED: Fact Check: Did Cory Booker Support A Bill Ending Employer-Sponsored Insurance?)

“If you got the nomination, would you commit to choosing a woman as your vice presidential running mate?” Maddow asked.

“I think it would be malpractice, I’m not going to make any specific commitments,” Booker answered, and he continued, “We have such a great field of leaders, I think you’ll rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity. I think it’s something we should have.”

Booker added, “I’m not going to box myself in, but should I become it, you know I’ll be looking to women first.”

The women who have already announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination include Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard and Amy Klobuchar.

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