Booker: 'If you want me in this race, then I need help'

Booker: 'If you want me in this race, then I need help'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' MORE (D-N.J.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, on Sunday appealed to his supporters to help him stay in the race, stressing his strengths as a general election candidate.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Booker said his campaign “is facing one of those moments that if you want me in this race, then I need help.”

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“There’s no candidates that has more endorsements than I do from people who are on the ground” in Iowa, Booker said, adding, however, that “it’s not translating to people choosing me in the polls.”

Booker compared skepticism that he could reach the top of the Democratic field to the attitude he heard when he became mayor of Newark, N.J., saying both were examples of “sort of a surrender to cynicism that I think we have to resist.”

Booker also pointed to African-American voters as a potential key to a surge in support for him. Reminded by host John Dickerson that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE has carried the African-American vote by a substantial margin in polling thus far, Booker pointed to Biden's stronger name recognition, adding “Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer NYT correspondent rips Democrats' 'selective use' of constitutional violations Obama portraits leaving National Portrait Gallery to tour museums across the country Tulsi Gabbard explains decision to sue Hillary Clinton: 'They can do it to anybody' MORE was behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti defends Tulsi Gabbard's lawsuit against Hillary Clinton Trump to hold rally on eve of New Hampshire primary MORE among black voters until he won in Iowa.”

Both Booker and his fellow Democratic candidate, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroJayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Biden says he would consider Castro, O'Rourke for VP, Cabinet positions MORE, have previously inspired fundraising blitzes by warning they were in danger of being forced to drop out.