Jimmy Carter tells Booker: 'I hope you run for president'

Jimmy Carter tells Booker: 'I hope you run for president'
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Former President Jimmy Carter urged Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBlack caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' MORE (D-N.J.) to run for president in an Instagram Live video on Sunday.

Booker, who is known for his social media savvy, took to the platform to film a road trip through Georgia with civil rights leader Rep. John LewisJohn LewisObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event MORE (D-Ga.) ahead of MLK Day.

After the two lawmakers attended a church service led by Carter in his hometown of Plains, Booker featured the former president in a video.

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“I’m very glad to have you here this morning, and I hope you come back,” Carter said. “And I hope you run for president.”

Booker thanked Carter, telling him: “You encouraging me means more to me than you can imagine.”

Booker is one of a slew of potential Democratic candidates generating buzz ahead of the 2020 election, though he has not yet announced his candidacy.

The New Jersey Democrat also spotted “Booker 2020” buttons for sale at a store.

“I’m right next to Oprah 2020,” Booker commented in the video.