Senator Cory Booker announces 2020 presidential campaign

Cory Booker, once mayor of New Jersey’s largest city and now one of the most high-profile, media savvy U.S. senators, declared his candidacy for president on Friday, joining an already crowded field of Democrats looking to be President Trump’s 2020 challenger.

Booker announced his long-anticipated decision the same way many Americans have come to know him, on Twitter, presenting himself as a healer of the country’s deep divisions and stressing the importance of “collective action.”

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind,” Booker, 49, told his supporters in a rousing, 2-minute-and-25-second video. “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.”

Coming to prominence as mayor of Newark, then becoming New Jersey’s first African-American senator after winning a special election in 2013 to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term, Booker can point to a record of backing liberal policies, from marriage equality and abortion rights to marijuana legalization and criminal-justice reform.

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