Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race

Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRosario Dawson joins Booker for 'Lead with Love' tour Sunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger Wednesday following fellow Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKrystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary race Tuesday.

"It’s a damn shame, frankly, that Kamala Harris’s voice is no longer in this race," Booker told BuzzFeed News's AM to DM.

“I’ve seen the bile, the anger, from my family members, to people in the Congressional Black Caucus, to leaders of color across this country who just don’t understand how we’ve gotten to a point now where there’s more billionaires in the 2020 race than there are black people,” Booker added.

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Harris, considered to be one of the most promising candidates in the beginning of the primary race, suspended her campaign Tuesday due to a shortage of campaign funds. 

"My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue," she said in a statement.

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Harris, Booker and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Krystal Ball: New Biden ad is everything that's wrong with Democrats Steve Bullock exits: Will conservative Democrats follow? MORE are the only remaining black candidates in the 15-person field. Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies UN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' MORE (D-Hawaii), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies Emanuel jokes: 'I'm a new, mellow Rahm' Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE are the only other people of color in the race.

Castro has also spoken out about Harris's exit, saying Tuesday that the media held Harris to "a different standard."

Two billionaires, Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies Emanuel jokes: 'I'm a new, mellow Rahm' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergWhy Democrats cannot dismiss Michael Bloomberg in this race Bloomberg: Barr 'is more concerned with protecting the president than protecting our country from Russia' Where the Bloomberg candidacy makes sense MORE, are still in the primary race, and Steyer has qualified for this month's Democratic debate.

According to RealClearPolitics's average of polls, Steyer is polling nationally at 1.4 percent. By comparison, Booker, who hasn't qualified for this month's debate yet, is polling at 2 percent.

To qualify for the Dec. 19 debate, Booker has to reach two Democratic National Committee benchmarks by Dec. 12: Over 200,000 unique campaign donors and four polls showing him with the support of at least 4 percent of voters.

Booker also criticized these requirements to BuzzFeed.

"To have some artificial rules that would’ve cut out Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterJimmy Carter released from hospital Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race New Hampshire parochialism, not whiteness, bedevils Democrats MORE, that would’ve cut out Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonChris Wallace: Allegations against Trump 'far broader than the Clinton impeachment' DOJ argues Congress can't take non-legislative steps against Trump on emoluments White House spokesperson: Pelosi, Democrats 'hate Trump's success' MORE likely, that even Obama, who was 20 points behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference Comey in op-ed after IG report: 'Barr needs to stop acting like a Trump spokesperson' Trump tops list of most tweeted about politicians in 2019 MORE at this point, in terms of what the polls say is viability — the polling has never predicted who would go on and win from our party," Booker said.