Cory Booker wants you to know that he’s tough — really tough.
The New Jersey Senator has struggled to rise above the pack in the most crowded Democratic presidential field in history, hovering at just around 2% since he entered the race. The combination of assets that led him to believe he could win the nomination have failed to bear fruit, mainly because others have championed them more authentically. He thought his African-American heritage would help him gain an Obama-esque momentum, enter Kamala the cop. He thought his focus on national unity and his more temperate approach to culture war issues would give him an edge with electability-minded Democrats, enter Mayor Pete and his Midwestern nice.