Friday, February 1, 2019
(Gray News) - Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, announced Friday that he is running for president, releasing a video on the first day of Black History Month.
“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,” Booker said in the video.
Booker is the second member of the Congressional Black Caucus to announce his candidacy, following Sen. Kamala Harris in January.
He has already made stops in states associated with the presidential race. Booker had said in December he is thinking hard about running for president in 2020.
Others who have announced their candidacy include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
Booker was elected to the Senate in October 2013 as part of a special election to replace the late Frank Lautenberg, who died in June 2013. Booker became the first black man since Barack Obama to be elected to the Senate.