With mom by his side, Booker signs paperwork declaring candidacy for president

With mom by his side, Booker signs paperwork declaring candidacy for president

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCalls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Schumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic MORE (D-N.J.) on Friday signed the paperwork declaring his candidacy for president with his mother by his side after he announced his 2020 bid.

Matt Klapper, a senior adviser for Booker’s campaign, shared a video of the senator signing the documents while standing at a kitchen counter.


His mother, Carolyn Booker, was next to him with a hand on his shoulder.

“Alright, here we go,” Booker said as he wrote his name. “The paperwork is signed. I am official.”

“Official for what, sir?” someone asked.

“Official for running for president,” Booker responded with a laugh.

“Can’t take it back now,” a voice behind the camera said. “Somebody grab that before he rips it up.”

The video was viewed more than 113,000 times in the hours after Booker released his first campaign video on Friday.

"The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it," Booker said in the campaign video, walking around the community of Newark, N.J., where he previously served as mayor. 

The announcement, made on the first day of Black History Month, follows months of speculation on whether Booker would join the crowded field of Democratic contenders vying to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE.

The New Jersey Democrat, 49, is up against the more than half dozen U.S. senators who have declared they are running or are seriously considering a bid.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have all launched campaigns. 

Other senators who have indicated interest in running for the Democratic nomination in 2020 include Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWebb: The modern age of dissent versus riot Bottom line Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D-Minn.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE (D-Colo.). Sanders is reportedly preparing to launch a campaign that he’ll announce soon. 

Also running are Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Johns Hopkins's Jennifer Nuzzo says America needs public health crisis insurance to pay for COVID-19 victims; Protests, pandemic continue to ravage America The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Delaney says Trump is spewing venom when he should be leading; Protests roil the nation as fears of new virus outbreaks grow Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews John Delaney MORE (D-Md.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Booker, if elected, would be the first unmarried man elected to White House since 1884.