Booker on 2020: ‘Not thinking about a future office’

Greg Nash

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Sunday said he wants to be a person “of purpose” right now, instead of talking about the possibility of a 2020 presidential bid.

“I think that we are doing — anybody in office is doing exactly what the American people are fed up and sick and tired of by talking about politics,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Lets talk about people and purpose now. I want to be authentic in who I am right now. I want to be a person of purpose not thinking about a future office.”

{mosads}Booker said senators thinking about making a presidential bid are often “not a very good senator.”

“Or else you’re making compromises where you are,” he said.

“I am going to be fearless in telling the truth. I don’t care where it ends me up because I think when I go home to Newark, New Jersey, that’s what my community wants from me.”

Booker’s name has been tossed around as a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination n 2020. 

In January, he said, “right now, I don’t care about 2020.”

“I care about 2018,” he told CNN then.

“I am not open to being president,” he continued. “I don’t even want to have the discussion right now.”


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