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 BookerSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue 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 GillibrandAffordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Senators seek US intel on journalist's disappearance | Army discharged over 500 immigrant recruits in one year | Watchdog knocks admiral over handling of sexual harassment case Pentagon watchdog knocks top admiral for handling of sexual harassment case 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 Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Kamala Harris rallies voters in South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa 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 TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council 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.