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Cory Booker is running.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has announced that he is running for president.
He made the announcement on Friday (February 1st) with the release of a video called “Rise.” In the video, Brooker detailed his life story, putting an emphasis on those who helped him get to the point he’s at now: “I grew up knowing that the only way we can make change is when people come together.”
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 1, 2019
The announcement came on the first day of Black History Month. And there was a civil rights message weaved through the video. At one point he 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 is the latest Democrat to announce he was running. He joins a presidential primary field that includes Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representative Tulsi Gabbard. Openly gay South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg also announced he was running, as well as former mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro. Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Beto O’Rourke are also considering running.
Watch Cory Booker’s announcement video below.