Cory Booker launches his 2020 presidential campaign on the first day of Black History Month as the New Jersey Democratic senator blasts Trump for ‘shuffling more children into cages’

Friday, February 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

New Jersey lawmaker joins fellow Demorcatic senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 race
Former mayor of New Jersey launches as Black History Month begins
Video takes a veiled slap at Trump, venting about ‘shuffling more children into cages’ on the border
Booker is so far the only unmarried candidate in the race
He has proposed giving poor children as much as $50,000 each from taxpayer funds to pay for homes and college
Republicans will mock his ‘Spartacus moment’ in which he compared himself to a defiant gladiator for releasing material he thought Republicans had blocked
It turned out his GOP colleagues had already cleared the material for release
Asked about Booker’s candidacy on Friday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: ‘He often sounds like a Hallmark card’

By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 February 2019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a ‘common purpose.’

The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse, delivered his message of unity amid an era marked by bitter political division.

‘I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,’ Booker said in the video, subtly jabbing at President Donald Trump.

‘It is not a matter of can we, it’s a matter of do we have the collective will, the American will?’ he added. ‘I believe we do.’

Asked about Booker’s candidacy on Friday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters that he ‘very often sounds like a Hallmark card and not necessarily a person who’s there to tell you everything he’s accomplished in the United States Senate and as mayor of Newark.’

Conway added: ‘I imagine that the crowded democratic field of presidential aspirants will be attacking each others’ records or lack thereof, so we’ll be sitting back with copious bowls of popcorn watching that.’

‘I don’t know what’s in Sen. Booker’s record that he’s going to be able to point to and say, let me bring this to the entire nation.’

The Republican Party took its own swipe at Booker on Friday.

‘Cory Booker is a political opportunist who left Newark ridden with crime and an ‘emblem of poverty,’ GOP spokesman Michael Ahrens charged in a statement.

‘Even the liberal base thinks he’s a disingenuous self-promoter, and his embrace of policies like higher taxes, single-payer health care, and government-guaranteed jobs make him totally out-of-touch with most Americans,’ Ahrens added.

Booker enters what’s shaping up to be a crowded presidential primary, with three of his fellow Democratic senators – Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – already either declared or exploring a run.

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