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Cory Booker campaign warns he 'might not be in this race for much longer' without fundraising surge

Cory Booker campaign warns he 'might not be in this race for much longer' without fundraising surgeSen. Cory Booker's campaign released a memo Saturday saying that without a fundraising surge, "we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward."



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Cory Booker will exit presidential race if $1.7m not raised by end of month

Cory Booker will exit presidential race if $  1.7m not raised by end of month* ‘Without a fundraising surge we do not see a path forward’ * Booker insists announcement not a stunt to swell coffersCory Booker said: ‘I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.’ Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APCory Booker could be the next Democrat to drop out of the race for the presidential nomination.In a “now-or-never” memo to supporters and staff, campaign manager Addisu Demissie said Booker need to raise $ 1.7m by the end of the month or he would have to drop out of the race.“Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward,” Demissie wrote in the memo, published online on Saturday morning. “The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race.”Booker, who is in Iowa this weekend, tweeted: “It’s an unusual move for a campaign like ours to be this transparent, but there can be no courage without vulnerability. I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.”He insisted the release of the memo was not a “stunt” aimed at boosting fundraising.“This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics,” he wrote.> It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination> > Addisu DemissieBill de Blasio exited the Democratic race on Friday. Booker has consistently polled better than the New York mayor and made the field of 10 candidates for the debate in Houston last week, which also qualifies him for the debate stage in October.But despite working assiduously to place operatives, win endorsements and meet voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, key early voting states, he has not been able to keep pace with the leading group in the sprawling field.Former vice-president Joe Biden, the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders are the top three, clear in most polls of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the California senator Kamala Harris.In the realclearpolitics.com average of polls, Booker also trails tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.In the memo, Demissie wrote: “If our campaign is not in a financial position to grow, he’s not going to continue to consume resources and attention that can be used to focus on beating Donald Trump, which needs to be everyone’s first priority.“Booker might not be in this race for much longer – the same is true for other important voices in the field.”The Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar trails Booker, followed by the Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire Tom Steyer, former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro and the Colorado senator Michael Bennet. Other candidates score even lower.In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, Demissie said there was a “dissonance” between Booker’s standing in national polls and his support on the ground in early states.The campaign manager argued that the majority of Democratic voters have not made up their minds and expect that many of the 19 candidates still running will be on the ballot in February.“People like Cory Booker, they want him in this race,” he said, pushing back on a question about why the candidate has not gained traction.“The point that we’re trying to make very clearly is the final field that is going to be offered to the Democratic party come February, March and April and beyond is being determined right now here in September,” he said.Booker is one of two African American senators in the race and part of the most diverse primary field in history. The candidates who have led the field are all white.“It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination once people actually start voting come next spring,” Demissie said.Demissie was adamant the campaign’s “transparency and honesty” would prove that Democratic voters want Booker to stay in the race. But he conceded that if the campaign falls short of its goal, Booker will end his campaign.On Saturday, Booker and other Democrats were in Iowa for the Polk County Steak Fry.“If you’re all in for me,” the senator tweeted, “I can’t thank you enough. But if you haven’t settled on a candidate [and] still think my voice belongs in this race, if you believe the Democratic field should include someone like me, I want you to understand the field may narrow [and] pay attention to this too.”



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'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debate

'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debateDuring the testy exchange, Castro claimed Biden said Americans would have to "buy in" for health care coverage under Biden's proposal.



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Ryan and Booker Temper Attacks on Biden, Urge Democratic Unity

Ryan and Booker Temper Attacks on Biden, Urge Democratic Unity(Bloomberg) — Two Democratic presidential hopefuls walked back their attacks on front runner Joe Biden as they faced questions Saturday about their previous statements on the former vice president.Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, who this week said he’s lost faith in the front-runner’s ability to beat Donald Trump, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who spent weeks criticizing Biden’s record on race, both said their goal is to win back the White House.“I have some concerns with a lot of the candidates,” Ryan said at the New Hampshire state Democratic Convention in Manchester. “It was a comment that I made and I’m not backtracking from it, it is a concern you’re hearing from a lot of people.”But Ryan, who has languished in the low single digits in polls and failed to qualify for the third debate next week, said to reporters at the event that he isn’t concerned about Biden’s age, after telling Bloomberg on Thursday that he doesn’t have faith that a “declining” Biden can defeat Trump.When pressed to explain, Ryan cited “a lack of clarity” when Biden articulates his positions. Asked about whether such attacks threaten Democratic unity, Ryan said the party has a common goal.‘Unifying Force’“There is a very unifying force in this world for Democrats and he is the current occupant of the White House,” Ryan said.In his call for unity in Manchester, Booker offered up a veiled swipe against rival Bernie Sanders of Vermont.“We Democrats have to be careful,” Booker said in prepared remarks. “I don’t care who our nominee is, but we cannot tolerate Democrats who turn against other Democrats and try to tear us down.”Booker’s remarks were seen as directed at Sanders, who refused to wholeheartedly back Hillary Clinton after she won the nomination in 2016.Booker, who trails the top-tier candidates at 2.5% in a recent average of polls by RealClearPolitics.com, was asked later by reporters to explain his call for unity after repeatedly faulting Biden on race issues, including calling him “an architect of mass incarceration” for working on the 1994 tough-on-crime legislation.“I think pointing out differences is OK,” Booker said. “I’m talking about what we’ve seen in the past election where you had Democrats literally, even after the primary was over, trying to tear down the nominee of our party.”Sanders was widely criticized by Democrats in 2016 for not being sufficiently supportive of Clinton after she won the nomination. While Sanders eventually backed her, aides and allies complained his tone was begrudging and didn’t help bring his supporters on board.To contact the reporters on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Manchester at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Epstein in Manchester at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew G. Miller at mmiller144@bloomberg.net, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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U.S. presidential candidate Booker proposes $3 trillion climate change plan

U.S. presidential candidate Booker proposes $  3 trillion climate change planU.S. presidential hopeful Cory Booker unveiled a $ 3 trillion plan to address climate change on Tuesday, vowing to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2045 by sharply curbing fossil fuels while investing heavily in renewable energy sources. The plan also calls for a new White House-coordinated “Environmental Justice Fund” that would focus on defending at-risk communities from environmental threats, including a nationwide lead remediation program to replace all lead water pipes for schools and residences. Booker’s home of Newark, New Jersey, where he served as mayor for seven years, has been grappling with lead contamination in its water supply in recent weeks.



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Cory Booker compares Trump 'spouting racism' to segregationists George Wallace and Bull Connor

Cory Booker compares Trump 'spouting racism' to segregationists George Wallace and Bull ConnorSen. Cory Booker says why he thinks President Trump’s remarks are “deeply disturbing” and compares the strategy of “spouting racism” to the infamous segregationists George Wallace and Bull Connor.



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Booker Tells Biden: Your Record on Crime ‘Destroyed Lives’

Booker Tells Biden: Your Record on Crime ‘Destroyed Lives’Jim Watson/AFP/GettyFormer Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey fought hard over criminal justice reform at Wednesday evening’s Democratic debate in Detroit.“There’s a saying in my community,” Booker quipped. “You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don't know the flavor.”Booker’s pointed attack on Biden centered on Biden’s self-described role in shepherding Senate legislation in the 1990s that stiffened some criminal penalties and increased federal prison populations. “There are people in prison right now for drug offenses because you stood up and used that tough on crime rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed lives in communities like mine,” Booker charged.Biden returned fire with a focus on Booker’s eight years as the mayor of Newark, where, Biden said, “you hired Rudy Giuliani’s guy and engaged in stop and frisk,” a reference to Garry McCarthy, the former number-two official at the New York Police Department.Biden and Harris Rematch Kicks Off With Medicare-for-All BrawlThe back-and-forth highlighted divides not just between Booker and Biden, but larger ideological and generational fissures that have split the sizable field of Democratic candidates on other issues like health care and immigration.Biden has drawn significant flack from Democratic rivals over his past positions on criminal and racial justice issues in particular, and his long tenure—and voting record—as a senator have provided opponents with plenty of material to try to chip away at his progressive appeal.“If you want to compare records [on criminal justice], and frankly I’m shocked that you do, I’m happy to do that,” Booker told Biden during their exchange.Biden has countered by invoking his tenure in the administration of the nation’s first black president, and intimated that Booker had simply signed his name to Obama-era criminal justice legislation negotiated by the administration.The exchange was prompted by comments Booker made a week earlier, when he described a criminal justice reform plan released by the Biden campaign as “inadequate” and dubbed him “an architect of mass incarceration.” “Since the 1970s, every crime bill, major and minor, has had his name on it,” Booker said. “The house was set on fire, and you claimed responsibility for those laws, and you can't just come out now and put out that fire.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate

Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate(Bloomberg) — Presidential Democratic candidate Cory Booker on Sunday suggested he could confront former Vice President Joe Biden on racial issues during the second round of debates next week.Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be “fair” to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the “Biden crime bill.” Booker said the measure put “mass incarceration on steroids” for African Americans.“Yeah, it is fair,” Booker said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31. “I want people like Joe Biden, which he finally did, thank God, to stand up and say, ‘I was wrong, that bill did a lot of harm.’”Booker was among Biden’s most vocal critics last month when the former vice president spoke about the “civility” in the Senate that allowed him to work with segregationist lawmakers in the 1970s. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, seized the spotlight at the first set of debates last month in Miami by confronting Biden on his opposition to busing as a senator.Biden will face off against Harris, Booker and seven other Democratic candidates on July 31, the second night of the debates in Detroit.To contact the reporter on this story: Max Berley in Washington at mberley@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Booker unveils immigration plan relying on executive orders

Booker unveils immigration plan relying on executive ordersCory Booker has rolled out an immigration agenda composed of changes he could make without relying on Congress, including a shift away from criminal prosecution of border crossings and a new mandate for migrant detention facilities to meet minimum standards. Booker’s immigration plan, unveiled Tuesday, is one of the most detailed among Democratic White House hopefuls.



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U.S. presidential hopeful Booker vows to 'virtually eliminate immigrant detention'

U.S. presidential hopeful Booker vows to 'virtually eliminate immigrant detention'As president, Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, plans to phase out contracts with private prison operators, shut down facilities that do not meet high standards of care, and reform the bond system in immigration court by prioritizing liberty for immigrants rather than detention. Booker, 50, is among some two dozen Democrats seeking the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. President Donald Trump in next year’s election.



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