Senator Cory Booker ends presidential campaign

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Sen. Cory Booker at the SEIU summit

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Suspended his campaign for the Democratic President nomination on Monday, saying he had no way to win the race against President Donald Trump.

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to develop a campaign that can win – money that we do not have and money that is more difficult to obtain because I will not be in the next phase of the debate and because the urgent impeachment issue will rightly keep me in Washington, ”Booker wrote to supporters in an email.

Booker's retirement from the race, which took place not long after former Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs Julian Castro left, means that only a handful of color candidates are still in the race – and none is considered a serious nominee candidate. The next primary democratic debate scheduled for Tuesday will only include white candidates.

Booker, a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, officially took part in the race on February 1, 2019, the first day of Black History Month. During his campaign, he routinely spoke more clearly about the plight of black Americans than any other candidate. In a video to kick off his run, Booker introduced himself by discussing his parents' experience of discrimination in housing when they were looking for a civil life for him and his brother in New Jersey. Booker had a similar relationship to issues such as gun violence and reconnaissance. He spoke generally about the impact of these issues on all Americans and discussed how they acutely affected blacks.

The Booker campaign also significantly shaped the primary government's debate on gun violence. The senator was the first candidate to request a federal weapons licensing program, and a little more than a dozen other candidates eventually said they would support it.

But in polls, Booker's support stubbornly fluctuated in the low single digits, and the candidate tried to expand its support among black voters. Although Booker was frequently praised by activists and polls showed that many democratic voters had a positive opinion of him, he struggled to convince voters that he should be their first choice.

Sen. Cory Booker at the SEIU summit


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Sen. Cory Booker at the SEIU "Unions for All" Summit in October in Los Angeles.

Booker repeatedly tried to distinguish himself from former Vice President Joe Biden. In a debate in July, Booker criticized Biden, the leader of the democratic nomination, for approving the 1994 Criminal Law viewed by many as a driver of mass detention,

"This is one of the cases where the house was set on fire and you took responsibility for these laws," said Booker. "And you can't come out with a plan to put out the fire now. We have to be a lot more courageous in reforming the criminal justice system."

But Booker occasionally tried to hit the right note with some of his fingers. In another volley with Biden, he accused the former vice president of not knowing the facts about his criminal justice records.

"Mr. Vice President, in my community there is a saying:" You dive into the Kool-Aid and don't even know the taste, "said Booker. The line deserves fierce applause in the debate hall, but it was received cool online,

Booker was often in a sort of political no man's land that was in the middle of the ideological war between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) And Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) On the left and Biden and the host from other candidates in the middle. He tried to focus his campaign on love and unity, a message that sometimes disagreed with the approach that many Democrats hoped a candidate would lead to a general election campaign with Trump.

After his departure, Booker returns to the Senate, where he is expected to defend his seat in the 2020 elections.