Cory Booker

Senator from New Jersey
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Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race on January 13, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Booker is running a campaign focused on love, unity and identity. He first gained national recognition as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, at times answering pleas to shovel residents out after major snowstorms. He was elected to the US Senate in a 2013 special election.
Stanford University, B.A., 1991; Stanford University, M.A, 1992; University of Oxford, Rhodes scholar, 1994; Yale Law School, J.D., 1997
April 27, 1969
Baptist
Mayor of Newark, 2006-2013;
Partner at the law firm Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale and Webster, 2002-2006;
Newark City Council member, 1998-2002;
Staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center, 1997
BOOKER IN THE NEWS
Cory Booker says he's 'concerned' Trump won't accept election results in defeat but 'would sooner die' than let that happen
Updated 8:41 PM ET, Wed Jun 10, 2020
Sen. Cory Booker said Wednesday that he's "concerned" President Donald Trump might refuse to concede if he loses the 2020 presidential race and declared that he'd "sooner die" than let that happen. "I would sooner die. And I mean that very seriously, I would sooner die than to see my nation's constitutional tradition of peaceful transfers of power to be vacated by a demagogue who won't humble himself," the New Jersey Democrat, a former 2020 presidential candidate, said during an interview on SiriusXM's "The Clay Cane Show." His comments come as the President continues to push unfounded claims about voter fraud ahead of November's general election. Before his win in 2016, Trump had said he would accept the election results "if I win." "This President has already shown his willingness to trample constitutional norms," Booker said Wednesday. A June CNN poll of registered voters nationally finds Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 14 points, his lowest standing in a series of recent polls that have the former vice president ahead, sometimes with a majority of support. The result comes amid rising coronavirus deaths in the US and condemnation from some fellow Republicans about Trump's response to protests outside the White House. Following a speech in the White House Rose Garden last week, the President walked to St. John's Episcopal Church -- a house of worship used by American presidents for more than a century -- just after peaceful protesters outside the White House gates had been dispersed with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets, and was photographed holding up a Bible. Recounting the episode Wednesday, Booker said the US "is a place of great tradition and he turned upon those traditions and used force, tear gas, rubber bullets to clear peaceful protesters to do what? Because he had to get to some national emergency? To do what? Because he had somehow to meet the demands of his job? No, he did that for a photo op." Attorney General William Barr has defended the actions taken to clear the protesters, saying at a news conference last week that difficulties with relocating authorities had forced the clash. Barr maintained that his decision to disperse the crowd had followed signs that the protesters were "becoming increasingly unruly" and had nothing to do with the photo op at the church. "And so am I concerned? Yeah," Booker said of Trump accepting the 2020 election results should he lose. But, the senator continued, "the good thing is that moment when he did that, it was a bit of a stress test." "It gave me the first sign that should we have a greater stress test of him trying to delegitimize an election and remain in power, that there are people in other positions of power that will not let that happen," he said. "And I'm one of them."
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STANCES ON THE ISSUES
climate crisis
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Booker in September 2019 unveiled a $3 trillion plan for combating the climate crisis that promises to invest in clean energy, phase out the use of fossil fuels and create a carbon-neutral economy by 2045. The plan would require fossil fuel producers to pay a carbon fee on coal, natural gas and oil production and would end tax subsidies to those industries. Booker would create a “progressive climate dividend” paid to Americans through the carbon fees on fossil fuel producers. He also would take executive action to reverse many of Trump’s actions undoing Obama-era environmental initiatives. During the first Democratic primary debate, in June 2019, Booker cited climate change as one of the biggest threats facing the US. He supports the Green New Deal and has pushed back against critics of the plan who have called it impractical. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon,” Booker has said on the campaign trail. He has said he would keep the US in the Paris climate accord, a landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon. More on Booker’s climate crisis policy
economy
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Booker has been known in the past as business-friendly, accepting $100 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for schools in Newark during his tenure as mayor. As a presidential candidate, Booker has called for more robust enforcement of antitrust laws, citing a “serious problem [in our country] with corporate consolidation.” During the first presidential debate, Booker said he would target companies like Amazon that pay low federal taxes or none at all. The senator has also discussed rolling back the 2017 Trump tax cuts. According to his campaign, Booker has stood by his opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation deal negotiated under Obama that Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as President. He has opposed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – the successor deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated by Trump – as it is written. More on Booker’s economic policy
education
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As Newark mayor, Booker revamped public schools, aided by a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Booker has drawn criticism for strengthening public charter schools as part of his efforts. He has pledged to raise teacher pay and commit more resources to public schools, including fully funding special education programs. Booker has proposed a “baby bonds” system that would create savings accounts for Americans when they are born; after the person turns 18, the money can be used for college tuition or homeownership or retirement. He has co-sponsored a bill that would establish a state-federal partnership aimed at helping higher education institutions provide assistance to students. More on Booker’s education policy
gun violence
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Booker has proposed federally mandated gun licenses, modeled after driver’s licenses. “If you need a license to drive a car,” he has said, “you need a license to own a gun.” His plan would also expand background checks and fund programs for communities beset by gun violence. It would ban so-called assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. He has proposed regulation and oversight of gun manufacturers. He would also close the “boyfriend loophole,” preventing people who abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms. More on Booker’s gun violence policy
healthcare
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Booker has co-sponsored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal, legislation that would create a government-run health care plan and essentially eliminate the private insurance industry. Still, he is in favor of keeping private insurance plans. When asked in February 2019 if he would do away with private health care, he said, “Even countries that have vast access to publicly offered health care still have private health care, so no.” He is a co-sponsor of Medicare-X, which would let individuals and small businesses buy government-backed insurance policies, known as a public option, on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Additionally, he supports lowering the Medicare age to 50. Booker has pledged to work to drive down the price of prescription drugs, including co-sponsoring a measure that would annually review whether brand-name drugs are excessively priced relative to those in other countries. He has also come out in favor of importing drugs from Canada and other developed nations. More on Booker’s health care policy
immigration
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Booker has proposed a range of executive actions to immediately roll back Trump’s immigration policies, including ending immigrant detention and family separations, and decriminalizing crossing the border without documentation. He would expand Obama-era protections for some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and those who are parents of American citizens. He ridiculed Trump’s national emergency declaration on the border wall, and voted against a spending bill – which ultimately passed and was signed into law – that provided $1.357 billion for 55 miles of new barriers. Booker has also endorsed accepting a minimum of 110,000 refugees annually, a significant increase over the historically low levels of resettlement during the Trump administration. More on Booker’s immigration policy
LATEST POLITICAL NEWS
Asian markets climb in strong start to the week; US futures higher
Updated 2:02 AM ET, Mon Jul 13, 2020
Asian markets climbed on Monday after positive sentiment from Wall Street spilled into the region. Chinese stock markets continued their bull run. The benchmark Shanghai Composite advanced 1.8%, after recording the best weekly gain in five years. The CSI 300 — an index of big cap stocks in Shanghai and Shenzhen — rose 2.3%. Goldman Sachs last week predicted the CSI 300 would rise another 15% within the next few months. Japan's Nikkei 225 was up around 2%. South Korea's Kospi rose 1.7%, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 1.2%. US stock futures are higher. Dow futures rose 187 points, or 0.7%. S&P 500 futures were up 0.5% and Nasdaq futures were up 0.6%. Gains came as last week's positive sentiment from Wall Street continued due to investor optimism over a coronavirus treatment. Investors are also looking ahead to a busy week full of corporate earnings, economic data and central bank rate decisions. In Asia, China is set to release trade and GDP data on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The Bank of Japan will release its interest rate decision on Wednesday, while the South Korean central bank will do so on Thursday. Earnings season for the second quarter in the United States also kicks off this week. JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs are just a few of the big banks and asset managers that will post their latest results. Last week, US stocks ended higher and the Nasdaq Composite closed at yet another all-time high, after drug marker Gilead said new data supports the effectiveness of remdesivir as a Covid-19 treatment. - CNN's Anneken Tappe, Paul R. La Monica and Julia Horowitz contributed to this article.
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