'I Got A Boo': Sen. Cory Booker Says He Has A Girlfriend Who Would Make A Nice First Lady
Sen. Cory Booker is running for president in 2020. The New Jersey Democrat made the announcement in a video message to supporters Friday, emphasizing a return to American unity in an era of deep political divisions. (Feb. 1)
Senator Cory Booker announces his run for president in 2020, on Feb. 1, 2019, outside his home in Newark, New Jersey. Dominick Reuter, AFP/Getty Images>Fullscreen
Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, leaves ABC studios in New York after an appearance on The View, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common purpose." Mark Lennihan, AP>Fullscreen
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), center, president of the South Carolina NAACP chapter, Brenda Murphy, right, and South Carolina Rep. Annie McDonald (D-Fairfield), left, walk up the statehouse steps during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dome event on Jan. 21, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. Booker was joined at the event by fellow potential Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sean Rayford, Getty Images>Fullscreen
In this file photo taken on Nov. 4, 2018, US Senator Cory Booker takes a selfie during a rally in support of US Senator Bob Menendez in Hoboken, New Jersey. Booker announced on February 1, 2019, he is running for US president, joining a widening field of Democrats seeking their party's nomination to take on Donald Trump in 2020. Kena Betancur, AFP/Getty Images>Fullscreen
In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with an attendee after speaking attends at a get out the vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. Cheryl Senter, AP>Fullscreen
Sen. Cory Booker (D - N.J.), left, speaks while Sen. Kamala Harris (D - Calif.) listens during the hearing for Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4, 2018 in Washington. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the Supreme Court in July. Jack Gruber, USA TODAY>Fullscreen
Sen. Cory Booker hugs Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones during a rally at Jones' campaign headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday Dec. 10, 2017. Mickey Welsh , Advertiser via USA TODAY Network>Fullscreen
Cory Booker, then the mayor of Newark, N.J., speaks with a USA TODAY reporter in his city hall office on July 19, 2006. Todd Plitt, USA TODAY>Fullscreen
Booker talks about his new home in Newark's South Ward during an interview in his office in City Hall on Nov. 20, 2006. Mike Derer, AP>Fullscreen
Barack Obama walks with Booker after Booker endorsed him at a news conference at Teterboro, N.J., on May 14, 2007. Mike Derer, AP>Fullscreen
Booker, with Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, announces at a news conference in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 9, 2007 the arrest of an unidentified 15-year-old Newark male in connection with the killings of three college students. Mike Derer, AP>Fullscreen
Booker introduces Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to 11th-grade math students at the KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 25, 2010. Gary He, AP>Fullscreen
In this Jan. 27, 2011, photo, Lakeesha Paylor, left, who worked with Booker to dig cars out from under the snow, gets a hug from the mayor after he helped her dig her vehicle out in Newark, N.J. Julio Cortez, AP>Fullscreen
Booker talks during a news conference outside of the Prudential Center on April 4, 2012, in Newark, N.J., about an arbitration ruling in a long-running dispute between the city and the New Jersey Devils' lease at the arena. Julio Cortez, AP>Fullscreen
Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. J. Scott Applewhite, AP>Fullscreen
Former senator Bill Bradley listens as Booker speaks during a news conference on his plans to campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat of the late senator Frank Lautenberg on June 8, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Ramin Talaie, Getty Images>Fullscreen
Booker speaks after winning a special election on Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Spencer Platt, Getty Images>Fullscreen
Booker stands with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., following his Senate re-enactment swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 31, 2013, on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite, AP>Fullscreen
Booker applauds while exiting a voting booth after casting his vote in the general election on Nov. 4, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Julio Cortez, AP>Fullscreen
Booker introduces Hillary Clinton at a Breaking Down Barriers town hall on Feb. 25, 2016, at the Cumberland United Methodist in Florence, S.C. Mark Makela, Getty Images>Fullscreen
Clinton speaks on stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Booker at a rally on June 1, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Spencer Platt, Getty Images>Fullscreen
Booker addresses a gathering during a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on July 4, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. Mel Evans, AP>Fullscreen
Booker speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016. Justin Lane, European Pressphoto Agency>Fullscreen
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The 37-minute interview touched on many topics, including the Super Bowl and Colin Kaepernick, President Donald Trump and healthcare.
Booker did not name the woman he's dating but tabloids have been speculating, linking him to both celebrities he's been spotted with and a former campaign worker who served when he was mayor of Newark, N.J.
Booker announced his long-anticipated decision on Friday in 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.
Contributing: Nicholas Pugliese
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