So Far Only Far Left Enter Race.

Robert Massimi
So far, only real leftist have entered the race for president. All four Democrats who have entered the Democratic race are all very far left.

Corey Booker is just as lost as the other three when it comes to governing. Tax and spend is his idea of good government. I do not believe that he has worked in any capacity that gives him z good idea how to manage people.
Trump will wipe the floor with all four of these candidates. No American wants to be taxed at 70 percent or above. It we could be anathema for economic growth to tax that high, especially raising corporate taxes.

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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey Launches Presidential Campaign
The former mayor of Newark becomes the fourth Senate Democrat to join the field of challengers to President Trump
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), shown here at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month, on Friday announced his presidential run.
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), shown here at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month, on Friday announced his presidential run. PHOTO: JOSE LUIS MAGANA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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By Ken Thomas
Feb. 1, 2019 7:00 a.m. ET
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday, aiming to offer a message of unity in a growing field of Democrats opposing President Trump.

The African-American senator, who announced his candidacy in a flurry of appearances in traditional and social media, is the tenth Democrat to launch a presidential campaign and the fourth Senate Democrat to throw a hat in the ring, joining Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Potential rivals such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke also are considering entering the wide-open field.

While several Democrats are emphasizing their fights against Mr. Trump’s policies, Mr. Booker has stressed the need for unity among Americans who have become disillusioned with government and disconnected from their communities.

Mr. Booker warned that Democrats couldn’t win the 2020 election by “demonizing each other,” adding, “I’m not in this race to tear people down. I’m in this race to try to build our nation up.”

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“I believe we have more in common than what divides us,” the senator told reporters outside his home in Newark, N.J., where he had served as mayor. He is expected to travel to the early-voting states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire in the coming weeks.

Mr. Booker had about $4 million in his Senate campaign account at the end of last year, money that can be used to seed his presidential bid.

San Francisco donor Steve Phillips, a friend and longtime fundraiser for Mr. Booker, started a super PAC late last year aimed at generating enthusiasm in the early primary states for a potential presidential bid. Mr. Booker’s spokesman has said the senator has nothing to do with that outside effort. Other 2020 candidates, including Sen. Warren, have sworn off super PACs.

Mr. Booker, 49 years old, has served in the Senate since 2013, when he won his seat in a special election following the death of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. He was considered to become Hillary Clinton’s running mate during the 2016 election and traveled extensively during last year’s midterm elections to help fellow Democrats.

Mr. Booker faces re-election to the Senate in 2020, but he won’t be pressured to choose one office over another. New Jersey state lawmakers approved a change in the law last year allowing a congressional candidate to appear on a ballot for president or vice president simultaneously.

The senator has been heavily involved in efforts to overhaul the nation’s criminal-justice system, working alongside Republicans such as Rand Paul of Kentucky. Mr. Booker was a co-sponsor of legislation signed into law by Mr. Trump in December that aimed to lower recidivism and reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders.

He has also advocated for a Medicare for All health-care system, the legalization of recreational marijuana, steps to curb the effects of climate change and legislation to allow the import of prescription drugs from Canada.

After Mr. Booker was elected mayor in 2006, Newark saw a business revival and redevelopment surge.

As mayor, Mr. Booker joined in 2010 with then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, on Oprah Winfrey’s television show in 2010 to announce a $100 million donation to improve Newark’s struggling school district. Mr. Booker helped raise an additional $100 million from private donors, but some residents disliked the program’s expansion of charter schools and performance-based pay for teachers.

A Rhodes scholar and one-time Stanford University football player, Mr. Booker has been a visible presence in Newark, where he lived in a low-income housing project and then moved into city’s Central Ward.

He first gained national attention during his unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2002, a race that was chronicled in the documentary film “Street Fight.”

Mr. Booker has long maintained a prominent role on social media. As mayor, he shoveled snow from an elderly resident’s driveway after receiving a request on Twitter. In April 2012, he helped rescue one of his neighbors from a burning house and was treated for smoke inhalation after the fire department arrived.

But Mr. Booker has also irked fellow Democrats, who have groused about his penchant for theatrics and bravado.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mr. Booker assailed Democratic attacks on Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s work for Bain Capital as “nauseating,” urging the party to stop attacking the private-equity industry.

Mr. Booker’s critics noted that his campaigns had long received financial support from Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

During Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Mr. Booker said he would risk Senate expulsion for releasing confidential documents about Mr. Kavanaugh, declaring, “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” referring to the 1960 film about a failed slave revolt against the Roman empire.

Mr. Booker’s detractors accused him of grandstanding and Republicans mocked the exchange.

—Julie Bykowicz and Joseph DeAvila contributed to this article.

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Write to Ken Thomas at ken.thomas@wsj.com

Appeared in the February 2, 2019, print edition as ‘Booker Launches Campaign For 2020.’

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Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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