Cory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) addressed rumors about his sexuality in a recent interview, telling The Philadelphia Inquirer that he is straight.

“I’m heterosexual,” Booker told the newspaper. ”Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country."

Past political opponents of Booker have attempted to question his sexuality, according to the Inquirer. Booker is considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

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Booker also told the Inquirer that he is going to discuss his possible presidential bid with his family over the holidays.

“I have a pause during the holidays which is going to be a really great time to meet with family and friends and really start to put some focus on whether to run for president or not,” he said. Booker didn't specify when he expected to make a final decision, according to the Inquirer. 

The New Jersey senator also told the newspaper that he's "going to run on who I am," whether he runs for president or reelection to the Senate.

“I’ve always trusted the voters enough to evaluate me on the content of my character, quality of my ideas, and my ability to do the job," he added. 

Booker is among a number of Democrats considered possible contenders in 2020. A CNN poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released Saturday showed him polling at 4 percent in the state. 

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