Senator Cory Booker on Friday morning jumped into the already busy field of Democratic candidates running for the White House in 2020 in a bid to turf out Donald Trump.
The New Jersey senator and former mayor of Newark emailed supporters promising to “channel our common pain back into our common purpose”.
He also issued a video.
Booker said: “The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it.”
Booker, 49, has served in the Senate since 2013. He made his announcement on the first day of February, which is designated Black History Month, a time on the calendar for commemorations and educational programs about significant people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 1, 2019
On Martin Luther King Day in the US last month, Booker spoke in South Carolina, as did a potential Democratic rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders.
Ostensibly, the politicians were on hand to celebrate the life and work of the civil rights leader. But for both, it was an opportunity to speak candidly about race to black voters who will play a gigantic role in selecting the Democratic nominee for 2020.'
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