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 BookerSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race 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 BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? 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 ObamaTrump keeps Obama immigration program, and Democrats blast him The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Teaching black children to read is an act of social justice MORE was behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE among black voters until he won in Iowa.”

Both Booker and his fellow Democratic candidate, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroTop Sanders official on Harris: There's a lot of 'unfairness baked into the system' Democrats voice frustrations at plight of black, Hispanic presidential candidates Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates MORE, have previously inspired fundraising blitzes by warning they were in danger of being forced to drop out.