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

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

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals 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 GillibrandOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Lawmakers using leadership PACs as 'slush funds' to live lavish lifestyles: report MORE (D-N.Y.) encouraged him to remain focused on positivity, as he has done in the past.


“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 WarrenDemocrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter FDA proposes rule to offer over-the-counter hearing aids MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisAre supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? Harris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting 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 TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations 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.