Cory Booker expands the Democratic primary field, will run for President in 2020

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Cory Booker expands the Democratic primary field, will run for President in 2020

Drue Cappawana, Opinion Editor

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Cory Booker, a senator from New Jersey, announced Friday that he was going to join the group of Democrats running for President in 2020. He is the fourth senator to do so, joining Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

After Kamala Harris’ official announcement on Sunday, January 27 in Oakland, California, Booker is the second African American candidate for the nomination. This race is now the first to include two major African American candidates in American history.

Booker, 49, is ranked as the third most liberal senator by voting record. He supports women’s rights, including abortion rights, affirmative action, and adopting a single-payer healthcare system.

Booker does not come without criticism from both sides of the aisle, however. Many were quick to criticise Booker for defending his fellow New Jersey senator, Bob Menendez, while the latter was on trial for bribery and corruption, for which Menendez was acquitted. Others on the left also point out Booker’s ties to the so-called “Big Pharma,” or the lobbyists charged with representing the pharmaceutical industry in Congress. With Democrat’s recent turn against corporations, Booker may find it difficult to gather the progressive left’s vote. However, it is a surely historic time for the Democratic Party and for the United States as a whole, as the Democratic primary ballot continues to be filled with candidates of all backgrounds. The 2020 Democratic primary will surely be one for the history books. No pun intended.

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