During a trip to Georgia in January, former President Jimmy Carter told Booker he hoped he runs for president, a moment captured by the senator on his Instagram story, in which he thanked Carter and said, "You encouraging me means more to me than you can imagine".
Booker joins a growing field of candidates including Sen.
Booker's announcement arrived in a video outlining a theme of unity and togetherness, describing an optimistic vision of what could be accomplished through "courage" and "collective action".
Mr Booker released classified documents relating to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh past year and vehemently opposed his nomination, stating that supporters were "complicit in evil".
In an early Friday morning video to supporters, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced that he planned to pursue the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020. In 2002, when he made his first, unsuccessful bid for mayor of Newark, he was followed by reporters and documentary crews; a chronicle of the campaign, "Street Fight", was nominated for an Academy Award.
Mr Booker has always been touted as a rising star of the Democratic Party.
In the Senate, Booker has been a strong advocate of overhauling the criminal justice system.
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But in 2013, when the death of Frank Lautenberg opened one of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats, Booker zoomed through a special election and won easily - with a donor list that included Ivanka Trump.
He might be vegan, but Cory Booker's launch video promises red meat down the campaign trail. McCain interjected by saying that SNL parodies tend to become a reality, emphasizing their parody of her father's former 2008 presidential running mate Sarah Palin: "there's a power in that as well". "Together, America, we will rise". Bernie Sanders of Vermont on a bill that would allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
"When I was a baby, my parents tried to move us into a neighborhood with great public schools, but Realtors wouldn't sell us a home because of the color of our skin", he said. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. - with whom Booker is close personal friends - as members of the Senate seeking the Democratic nomination.
If the presidential race were a declamation contest, Mr Booker would head the pack.
"I know more about Cory than he knows about himself."
"When I think of you now, I think of 'I am Spartacus, ' and I don't think that's the best reflection of you", she said.
David Axelrod, former adviser to Barack Obama, called him "brilliant" but said Mr Booker has a tendency to "perform" which can make him seem less authentic.
"I'm not in this race to tear people down, '" he said.
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