The U.S. Senator from New Jersey announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on Friday morning, releasing a video on his website

By Lindsay Kimble
February 01, 2019 07:25 AM
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Cory Booker is joining the race for the White House in 2020.

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on Friday morning, releasing a video on his website.

Outlining his intentions, the 49-year-old said, “I grew up knowing that the only way we can make change is when people come together.”

He continued in the video clip — titled “Rise” — “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.”

Booker said, “It is not a matter of can we, it’s a matter of do we have the collective will, the American will? I believe we do. Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose. Together, America, we will rise.”

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Booker — a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School — was elected as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, in 2006, serving until he was elected to the Senate and assumed office in 2013.

The race for the Democratic nomination is already quite crowded, with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris all announcing their campaigns in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump is expected to seek reelection in 2020.