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Gillibrand welcomes Booker into 2020 race: 'I'll be cheering you on' but 'not TOO hard'

Gillibrand welcomes Booker into 2020 race: 'I'll be cheering you on' but 'not TOO hard'
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) welcomed fellow Democrat and friend Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (N.J.) to the 2020 presidential race Friday, telling him that she would be cheering for him, "just, you know, not TOO hard."

"Congratulations and welcome to the race to one of my closest friends, @corybooker!" Gillibrand, who set up an exploratory committee earlier this year, wrote on Twitter. "I'll be cheering you on—just, you know, not TOO hard." 

Gillibrand also included a video released in January of the two playing a game called "How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker?"

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The two are known to be good friends.

Booker responded by calling her his sister, saying that while there "may be some sibling rivalry...we will always be family." 

Booker, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., announced his candidacy earlier Friday morning, joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field.

Along with Gillibrand, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.) are also in the race.

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (D-Hawaii), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., have also entered the 2020 contest.