WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Democrat Cory Booker has announced that he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
- The New Jersey senator was not able to meet the polling requirements for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
- Booker thanked his supporters and said that he will continue campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has announced on Monday that he’s dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Booker announced his decision via Twitter, where he also shared a video that showcased his campaign’s journey.
He declared: “It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’m suspending my campaign for president.”
“To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot — thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together.”
It’s with a full heart that I share this news—I’m suspending my campaign for president.
To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together. pic.twitter.com/Fxvc549vlJ
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 13, 2020
Booker added, “And so now I recommit myself to the work. I can’t wait to get back on the campaign trail and campaign as hard as I can for whoever is the eventual nominee and for candidates up and down the ballot.”
Booker thanked his supporters, saying, “Campaigning over this last year has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Meeting you, meeting people across this country who believe — who know — that we have challenges right now in our nation, but together we will rise.”
The New Jersey senator announced the start of his campaign last year on the premise of unity amid the current division in US politics.
Booker had declared: “Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purposes. Together, America, we will rise.”
While the senator entered the race as a known politician, he had struggled to improve his poll standings. He was not able to qualify for the December Democratic presidential debate nor Tuesday’s debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
Booker’s campaign fiercely advocated for criminal justice reform. In his first radio interview after his campaign launched, he stated, “We do not have equal justice under the law. I believe in redemption.”
Despite being out of the race, Booker will still be very visible in US politics as a senator, particularly involving President Donald Trump’s impending impeachment trial.
Trump made a jibe at the senator in a tweet on Monday, saying, “Really Big Breaking News (Kidding): Booker, who was in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primary Race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!”
Source: Business Insider