Booker: If Obama was running for a third term, 'I wouldn't be running'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill MORE (D-N.J.) on Thursday said he would not be running for president if former President Obama was running for a third term. 

"Heck, if [Obama] was running for president for a third term, I wouldn't be running," Booker told CNN.

"The reality is we have a situation right now where the president is doing things to this country that are perverting our very values and ideals, and talking about what our plans would be, different from the previous president; different from the current president, is not a bad thing," he continued. 

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Booker was responding to a question about why many of the Democratic candidates during the previous night's debate appeared to criticize a number of policies under the Obama administration, including his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. 

"He [Obama] is our statesmen," Booker said. "He ain't perfect. Nobody's ever pulled that off. Nobody has ever pulled that off." 

"I'm sure if Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' MORE was sitting here — and I hope he's sleeping this morning — he would tell you, 'I've made some mistakes,'" he continued. 

"Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE is a guy that my Republican colleagues can't even criticize when he's preaching racism," he added, before continuing to praise Obama. "We are having an honest conversation about an administration that was incredible. I would take him back." 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE has touted his professional relationship with Obama on the campaign trail, but has said he asked Obama not to endorse him in the race. Booker called his fellow candidate out on that during Wednesday's Democratic debate. 

“Mr. Vice President, you can’t have it both ways,” Booker said. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”