Cory Booker Announces He's Running for President

Cory Booker on Capitol Hill

Cory Booker on Capitol Hill Credit AP

The View's Meghan McCain challenged Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Friday, referencing a viral video in which he said he was experiencing an "I am Spartacus moment", and pointing out his reputation among critics as morally righteous and grandstanding.

"Together we will channel our common pain back into our common objective", he adds.

Booker also addressed one of the key issues during the race, health care, saying he would not get rid of all private insurance even as he supports universal health care.

Booker was reportedly on the short-list of potential vice presidential candidates drawn up by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. This will be Booker's second trip to the state this month, following a speech in Columbia on MLK Day.

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Booker's entry makes this the first nomination contest with at least two major African American contenders.

Sterzenbach recalled Booker's appearance in Iowa previous year, when the senator attended the state party's fall gala on the same day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court over vehement Democratic opposition. "If you're exhausted of that bitterness, that trash talking, that trolling, that politics that is a race to the bottom in our country, then don't support me, because I'm not in this race to tear people down".

Booker's campaign officially will begin next weekend with stops in Iowa Feb. 8-9, followed by a visit to SC on Feb. 10-11 and a trip to New Hampshire over President's Day weekend, according to a campaign aide.

He played for his high school football team before going on to attend a number of top universities, including Stanford, Oxford and eventually Yale Law School.

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In the run up to his 2006 landslide election as mayor, he lived in a notorious housing project in the city and featured in a film that documented his campaign as a young, black, politician.

At times, Mr Booker has caught Mr Trump's attention.

It also comes across as a subtle warning to him not to run as a progressive. Conway asked during an interview with Fox News. Booker recently described Carter as a "moral (giant) in America" and a model for "what I want my message to be in leadership". "Welcome to dive in along with I don't know, 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates".

"I grew up knowing that the only way we could make change is when we come together", Booker said in his announcement, which focused on his biography and experience.

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Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who seems poised to be one of Booker's chief rivals, also embraced some of Carter's signature themes in her debut rally last week, repeatedly invoking the Carter-esque term "truth".

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