Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, the former mayor of Newark who’s proposed that an upbeat political presence at a deeply polarized period, entered the 2020 race for president on Friday, according to a campaign to become the country’s second black president in a Democratic main field that’s the most diverse in American history.
Cory Booker, Announces his Presidential Bid
Mr. Booker declared his candidacy on the first day of Black History Month into the sound of snare drums and with a clarion call for unity. In an email to supporters, he drew about the spirit of the civil rights movement as he laid out his vision for a nation that will”station our shared annoyance back into our shared purpose.”
“The history of our state is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of these born here and those who chose America as residence; of those who took up arms to defend our nation, and people who linked arms to challenge and alter it,” Mr. Booker stated in an accompanying video.
The Democratic area currently features two black contenders — Mr. Booker and Senator Kamala Harris of California — and four women: Ms. Harris, Senators Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard. There is also a Hispanic candidate, Julián Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, along with a gay candidate, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind.
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