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The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Cory Booker
On July 18, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker sat down with The Washington Post Live to lay out his vision for America as he travels the country to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
The former Mayor of Newark became the first African-American senator from New Jersey after winning his seat in the 2012 election. His voice was heard at the recent Democratic debate sharing views on immigration, gender politics, racial politics, and business vs. working class.
The Washington Post Live's one-on-one interview series The 2020 Candidates features the candidates making their case on key issues and sharing how they hope to set themselves apart from a crowded field in conversation with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
Highlights
After Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden faced criticism for his remarks about the civility of his working relationship with segregationists in the Senate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he believes Biden should have been quick to apologize instead of becoming defensive. “I’m not holding it against Vice President Biden for saying something bone-headed; we all have. But come forward. Why are we creating this culture where you can’t say you made a mistake, or you could have done better? I’m happy that he came forward and apologized, but a presidential nominee shouldn’t need that kind of lesson.”
  • Jul 18
When asked whether he agrees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s opinion that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” at the U.S.-Mexico border, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker said he ‘wouldn’t use that language,’ but there are ‘outrageous assaults on human dignity’ happening at the border.
  • Jul 18
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker said President Trump should be impeached based on what’s in the Mueller report, but he believes lawmakers should adhere to due process and allow former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify. ‘I want to see the truth.”
  • Jul 18
In response to a Washington Post story about how certain drug companies flooded U.S. markets with opioids, profiting off of the opioid crisis, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker said he considers the actions of those companies, “criminal behavior,” and said that if elected, his administration would go after pharmaceutical companies that have fueled the opioid crisis.
  • Jul 18
In response to fellow presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders saying that all candidates should reject money from the health care industry, Sen. Cory Booker said, “We immediately heard him and looked at his standards, and saw that he took money from people we wouldn’t take money from…It’s hard to campaign wrong and govern right…We are not taking corporate PAC money.”
  • Jul 18
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker said he believes companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon need “serious regulation.’ ‘We are entering a new era of humanity where these platforms are having outsized power and influence.”
  • Jul 18
Full Program
On July 18, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker sat down with The Washington Post Live to lay out his vision for America as he travels the country to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
  • Jul 18
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Democratic Presidential Candidate
Cory Booker was raised in Harrington Park, living his life as a proud New Jerseyan. Booker received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and went on to study at the University of Oxford. At the age of 29, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council from the city's Central Ward. In the 17 years since, Booker has worked tirelessly at the local and national levels to improve the lives of New Jerseyans and Americans. Starting in 2006, Booker proudly served as Newark's mayor for more than seven years. During his tenure, the city entered its largest period of economic growth since the 1960s. On October 16, 2013, Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. On November 4th, 2014, Senator Booker was re-elected to a full six year term. As New Jersey's junior Senator, Cory Booker has brought an innovative and bipartisan approach to tackling some of the most difficult problems facing New Jersey and our country.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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