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Cory Booker candidate for President

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Cory Booker announced his candidacy for President in the Newark neighborhood where he grew up. Most people are already familiar with him as mayor of Newark and as a New Jersey Senator. However, like many of the other candidates he appeared on the Rachel Maddow show last night.

    Like the other candidate appearing on her show she gave a long biographical sketch of his life before starting to interview them. I wasn't aware that Maddow and Booker were long time friends...both attending Stanford university and both Rhodes scholars at the University of Oxford. Both have outstanding intellectual credentials, but Booker has never forgotten his roots and has strong record of support in his Newark community. He is highly articulate and passionate.

    I have not spent much time looking at where he stands on the issues or his voting record, but based on what I saw on the Maddow interview, I think he will be a formidable candidate right up there with Klobuchar and Harris and Warren. He knows his stuff and comes across with sincerity.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    New York Times: Cory Booker on the Issues: Where He Stands

    The New York Times has provided a partial list of where Booker stands on the issues.

    He has made criminal justice reform a cornerstone of his Senate tenure crafting bipartisan bills to change penalties for nonviolent crimes and reduce prison sentences, though neither effort became law.

    He supports Bernie Sanders version of Medicare for All.

    He supports the New Green Deal.

    He is a strong champion of charter schools.

    He supports a woman’s right to choose and favors same-sex marriage.

    He has introduced legislation that would have legalized marijuana and expunged federal marijuana convictions from criminal records.

    That's a start...more to come.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    A likeable person-does he have any skeletons in a closet anywhere? What happens when or if Joe Biden enters the crowd of contenders?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dallas, TX
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    He’s all over the map trying to balance progressive supporters and cow towing to elite Wall Street Democrats. Remember the Obama v Romney campaign where he admonished the president for the attacks on private equity. He also voted against importing drugs from Canada claiming they weren’t safe without evidence and made no effort to improve safety. It’s remarkable he’s on board with Bernie and Ocasio and shows how far the Democratic Party has come to returning to progressivism.

  • Independent
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    For Booker, like many of the younger candidates, this is a trial\test run for a real run later in their political careers. Not to say they aren't serious now (ie like Obama), but I'd bet they would not give up their current job if they had to make a d0-or-die choice. Booker and many of the others don't yet have national name exposure nor the experience of running a national campaign, now is a good time to get their feet wet, make rookie mistakes, so that when they are all in 100% 10+ years from now, they are fully ready and have the confidence they can take hard political hits and not get knocked out.

    All-in, now or never, candidates are

    Biden, Sanders, Brown, Warren

    This is likely to be their best chance, and maybe last chance to give it a shot. Using a boxing analogy, they still have skills to win the heavy weight championship title, but unlikely to be able to do it beyond 2020. We know Biden would have kicked Trump's ass in 2016 (ie swing voters), but the political deals made at the time were made so that HC would get the nomination and he stayed out it of the race.

    Most of the rest have have yet to peek, so Booker an those under the age of 60, 1-2 shot left.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd Wrote:

    For Booker, like many of the younger candidates, this is a trial\test run for a real run later inhis political career. Not to say they aren't serious now (ie like Obama), but I'd bet they would not give up their current job if they had to make a d0-or-die choice. Booker and many of the others don't yet have national name exposure nor the experience of running a national campaign, now is a good time to get their feet wet, make rookie mistakes, so that when they are all in 100% 10+ years from now, they are fully ready and have the confidence they can take hard political hits and not get knocked out.

    All-in, now or never, canidates are

    Biden, Sanders, Brown, Warren

    This is likely to be there best chance, and maybe last chance to give it a shot. Using a boxing analogy, they still have skills to win the heavy weight championship title, but unlikely to be able to do it beyond 2020. We know Biden would have kicked Trump's ass in 2016 (ie swing voters), but the political deals made at the time were made so that HC would get the nomination and he stayed out it of the race.

    Most of the rest have have yet to peek, so Booker an those under the age of 60, 1-2 shot left.

    My compliments for the most objective comprehensive Democratic post.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Booker just did an interview with the Daily Kos. I think his chances of becoming the Democratic nominee are slim, but I like him a lot. I heard him talk on The View a few months back, and was VERY impressed.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/5/1855504/-Who-is-Cory-Booker-The-senator-from-New-Jersey-did-an-exclusive-interview-with-Daily-Kos

  • Independent
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    Forget Booker; it is an long time before 2020; the indications are that this country will be up to its ears into the shit, worldwide. Trump will make sure of it. Either Trump is gone before that time or he will indeed start an real "coup" before that time. So fasten your seatbelts; things are slowly but surely getting out of "hand", unless the Dem's do something to shake things up. Booker or the the list of all the candidates does not matter anymore, if we are in the start of an total crisis. I think the whole middle east will blow up before the elections. Thank you Trump and Bolton.
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