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Booker to Campaign for Jones In Alabama

Doug Jones (D) and his allies “are trying to finalize plans to bring in several high-profile current or former African American elected officials, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), to campaign for him this weekend in Alabama as he wages an aggressive final push to turn out black voters in a Tuesday special election with national stakes,” the Washington Post reports.

“Jones has been trying to piece together a delicate coalition built on support from core Democrats and some crossover votes from Republicans not drawn to their party nominee, Roy Moore (R). Crucial to that plan is strong turnout by African Americans, who make up about a quarter of Alabama’s electorate.”

Booker Backs Single-Payer Health Care

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told NJTV News that he is co-sponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) single-payer health care bill called “Medicare for All” which would expand the federal health care program that covers those over 65 to all Americans.

Said Booker: “This is something that’s got to happen. Obamacare was a first step in advancing this country, but I won’t rest until every American has a basic security that comes with having access to affordable health care.”

Booker Won’t Rule Out Presidential Bid in 2020

Sen. Cory Booker told David Axelrod that he hasn’t ruled out a presidential bid in 2020.

Said Booker: “I think that politicians make a terrible mistake if they’re thinking about aspirations for another office, because I think it undermines their integrity where they are. If I start thinking about the future like that or engaging in that stuff … I think it would make me a lesser of a senator.”

Booker Already Making Moves for 2020

Politico: “To Booker’s critics, the high-wire moves are all part of his positioning for 2020, when there’s likely to be a crowded Democratic primary. His emergence as a face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump while the party is desperately searching for new leadership is not lost on his fellow senators, party strategists or Washington’s chattering classes, even if Booker himself insists he’s not itching to take on Trump in 2020.”

“But in interviews with over a dozen lawmakers, donors and operatives, Democrats say that whether he likes it or not, the 47-year-old senator is in the mix for the Democratic nomination in 2020 simply because of who he is — and what he’s doing now.”

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Rick Klein: “Keep an eye on Sen. Cory Booker. Not that he’s making himself easy to ignore, with his decision to break Senate precedent to testify in opposition to his colleague, Sen. Jeff Sessions, in confirmation hearings for attorney general. This is not really about blocking Sessions from joining the Cabinet. (Sen. Susan Collins’ participation in favor of Sessions sends a more important signal, about the minimal chance of GOP defections.) For Booker, this is more about early markers for a Democratic Party looking for new leaders. The Justice Department will be at the forefront of critical issues regarding race, law enforcement, criminal-justice reform, and drug policy – issues where President Obama’s legacy is acutely in the balance. Who will be seen standing up for those values in a dark season for Democrats? It might not be too hard to imagine actions taken this week being filtered onto a Democratic debate stage in 2019.”

Jim Geraghty: “It looks like New Jersey Senator Corey Booker is interested in running for president in 2020. That’s the easiest way to explain a guy whose initial reputation in politics was ‘Mr. Bipartisan’ throwing himself onto the tracks of an oncoming train of an all-but-certain confirmation.”

Booker Will Testify Against Sessions

“In a step his office says is unprecedented, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will testify against fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions Wednesday when the Alabama Republican, nominated to become U.S. Attorney General, comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“Booker will be one of three African-American lawmakers making a case against Sessions as they try to prevent him from becoming Donald Trump’s top law enforcement officer.”

Booker Stokes Speculation About Veep

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) “is now referring questions about whether he is being vetted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton to her campaign — a shift from as recently as two weeks ago, when he flatly denied he was in the running for the job,” CNN reports.

Said Booker: “I’m just referring questions about the vice presidency to the woman who is going to have to make this decision. You should talk to the Clinton campaign.”

Booker Says He’s Not Being Vetted

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said that he is not being vetted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, after a report named the New Jersey Democrat as one of several under consideration, Politico reports.

Said Booker: “I am hearing much more from media folks like you asking me these questions. It’s flattering and everything like that, but I’m not being vetted.”

Booker Is Writing a Memoir

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is set to release a memoir entitled United in January, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The book will trace the New Jersey native’s life from Rhodes Scholar and two-term mayor of Newark to the U.S. Senate. He will also discuss policy issues such as overhauling the criminal justice system, an issue on which he has partnered with Republican Sen. Rand Paul.”

Wall Street’s Favorite Senator

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) “received $1.87 million from the securities and investment industry, making him the top recipient of Wall Street money this election cycle,” NPR reports. “Booker also received more money from real estate groups than any other member, as well as more from the entertainment and tech industries, accountants, and groups considered to be pro-Israel.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “got the second highest draw from Wall Street – $1.26 million.”