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 BookerZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger Wednesday following fellow Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDemocrats learn hard truths about Capitol breach Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Abbott says he'll solicit public donations for border wall 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.


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.


Harris, Booker and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court sides with oil companies in Baltimore case| White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects | Biden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings Approving Kristen Clarke's nomination should be a no-brainer To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE are the only remaining black candidates in the 15-person field. Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangDanny Glover endorses Eric Adams in NYC mayoral race Adams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Mary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad 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 SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergPress: Even Jeff Bezos should pay income taxes What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship 5 former Treasury secretaries back Biden's plan to increase tax enforcement on wealthy 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 CarterTime will tell: Kamala Harris's presidential prospects Queen Elizabeth will need to call upon her charm for Biden's visit Is Biden the new FDR or LBJ? History says no MORE, that would’ve cut out Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden must be firm, but measured, in his message to Putin on cyberattacks Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE likely, that even Obama, who was 20 points behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Hillary Clinton backs Manhattan DA candidate in first endorsement of year NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison 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.