Booker: It would be ‘irresponsible’ not to consider running for president

Booker: It would be ‘irresponsible’ not to consider running for president
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Pollster says likely Dem 2020 nominee has not emerged in national conversation yet O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (D-N.J.) indicated in a new interview he is weighing a run for the White House in 2020, saying it would be "irresponsible" not to entertain the idea.

"Of course the presidency will be something I consider. It would be irresponsible not to," Booker said in a profile published Wednesday in New York Magazine.

Booker, who has long been considered one of the most likely Democrats to launch a presidential campaign, told the publication that his colleague and fellow potential presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Senate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension A sea change for sexual conduct on campus MORE (D-N.Y.) encouraged him to remain focused on positivity, as he has done in the past.

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“She said to me, ‘If you want to talk about love and kindness and decency, talk about those things, because it’s where you are,'" Booker said. "I feel like if I start poll-testing or shaping myself, where we start operating out of fear, I think that’s going to dim my light and my impact.”

Booker, Gillibrand and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Warren talks identity in address to historically black university: 'I'm not a person of color' O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Pollster says likely Dem 2020 nominee has not emerged in national conversation yet O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Teen quits job at Walmart over intercom, tears into company over employee treatment O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (I-Vt.) are seen as among the most likely lawmakers to wade into the 2020 race. All have been staunch opponents of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE's agenda.

Booker garnered the spotlight during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The New Jersey senator declared he was having a "Spartacus moment" when he said he intended to release documents that were deemed confidential.

Booker said he did so under threat from Senate Republicans, adding that he was breaking Senate rules by releasing the documents.

Conservatives were quick to mock the display, in part because a lawyer representing the George W. Bush administration, for which Kavanaugh worked, had already released the documents in question.