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Sen. Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

"We are better when we help each other," Booker said.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is the latest Democrat to enter the race for president of the United States. Booker shared a video announcement on his Twitter page Friday morning, the first day of Black History Month.


"We are better when we help each other," Booker says. "I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame."

He continues, "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."

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Harrington Park, N.J., Booker, 49, is the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, serving since 2013. He was previously the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.

Booker currently serves on the Senate judiciary, foreign relations, environment and public works and small business and entrepreneurship committees. He is also the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Booker had spent time "campaigning for congressional candidates and testing the waters for a presidential bid in the early states," according to CBS News.

Democratic senators who have announced bids for president or exploratory committees include Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

The Conversation (2)
Khem01 Feb, 2019

It is refreshing to see that we will have many choices and choices that the party can support no matter who wins the nomination. The women who have announced to run are very diverse in their leadership styles and what they have been working on. I only hope that they will not run ads and campaigns that sling mud at one another the way Hillary ran against President Obama. It was very difficult forgiving her. I am expecting that these women will represent what is important to them and how well they know the issues of America. If only they all could sit down and line up their resumes to see who can beat 45. Democrats have to begin to think about what our new Senator Ocasio-Cortez' platform as she speaks to a very large constituency around the country which would benefit whoever the nominee is.

FAYE01 Feb, 2019

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State Sen. Nikema Williams: 'I Was Unlawfully Arrested at the Georgia Capitol — My Workplace'

Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.

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Georgia State Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman elected to lead the state's Democratic party, was jailed last year for just standing among protesters at the state Capitol. Williams is now taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to 2020 Presidential Candidates: ​'We Can Be Audacious'

In a viral video, the congresswoman talks about the Green New Deal.

In a video posted on Twitter that has more than 1 million views, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says she doesn't want to be "placated as a progressive."

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UPDATE: Feb. 2, 2019 at 4:29 p.m. ET

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement on Friday that he appeared in a "racist and offensive" photo, but on Saturday, Northam said it wasn't him in the picture.

"I take credit for recognizing that this was a horrific photo that was on my page, with my name, Ralph Northam, above," he said, in a press conference. "I looked at it. My first impression, actually, this couldn't be me."

"But there was so much hurt that I was feeling, people were calling. So I reached out and apologized to people for this very picture being on my page."

"And I have continued to discuss that as we have gone forward. And what has happened is that last night, I finally had a chance to sit down and look at the photograph in detail. It is definitely not me. I can tell by looking at it. I have had friends also look at it and tell me it's not me."

Northam said that he darkened his skin for a dance contest in San Antonio that same year to imitate Michael Jackson.

The legislative Black Caucus continues to demand Northam's resignation after his remarks Saturday.

"In light of his public admission and apology for his decision to appear in the photo, he has irrevocably lost the faith and trust of the people he was elected to serve," the caucus said in a statement. "Changing his public story today now casts further doubt on his ability to regain that trust."

ORIGINAL STORY: Virginia Legislative Black Caucus 'Demands' Governor Resign After Blackface, KKK Photo Surfaces

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is calling on Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, to resign, as "it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor." A photo released on Friday from Northam's senior medical school yearbook page shows a man wearing blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

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Birther Conspiracy Now Aimed at Sen. Kamala Harris

Harris is now the target of a "birther conspiracy" and a troll on Twitter is behind it.

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It hasn't even been a week since Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced a bid for presidency in 2020 and already racists are at it with the infamous birther conspiracy theory.

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Sen. Kamala Harris Pays Homage to Shirley Chisholm

"Like Shirley, I believe that to restore confidence and trust in our institutions and leaders, we need to speak truth," Harris said of Chisholm.

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Kamala Harris' announcement on "Good Morning America" on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a stark reminder of what happened 47 years ago this week in a race for the presidency.

Harris is standing on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president, and 10 other Black women.

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Sen. Kamala Harris: 'I am running for president of the United States'

"Let's do this together," said the Howard University alum and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that she will be running for president in 2020.

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