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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 BookerHarris casts tiebreaking vote to confirm OPM nominee White House says Biden crime address won't undercut police reform bill Racial reparations at the USDA 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 LewisSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Biden says push to advance elections overhaul 'far from over' Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill 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.