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 BookerLawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men Amazon doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers 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 BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing 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 ObamaCivil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies at 98 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work Obama thanks Fauci, Stephen Curry during Instagram Live session MORE was behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines Clintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus MORE among black voters until he won in Iowa.”

Both Booker and his fellow Democratic candidate, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroMichael Bloomberg is not our savior The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE, have previously inspired fundraising blitzes by warning they were in danger of being forced to drop out.