Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose'

Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill MORE (D-N.J.) said Iowa voters, not big money, should have determined whether Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-Calif.) was able to remain in the presidential race.

“Iowa voters should have the right to choose," he said on ABC’s “This Week."

The presidential candidate criticized the role “big money” plays in politics and how he said money forced Harris to withdraw from the race. 

“And so, the Democratic Party which makes a right critique that this -- we should be stopping the influence of big money in politics,” he said.

Booker, making a historical comparison, said John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBudowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers National security leaders, advocacy groups urge Congress to send election funds to states MORE was able to save his campaign in 2004 by loaning himself $5 million while Harris did not have that option.

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Booker responded, “It's not just billionaires. It’s the fact that Iowa voters should have the right to choose, and that's the issue because Iowa belies … polls and just about every time.” He noted that no Democrat that made it to the White House in recent history was leading the Iowa polls at this point in the race.

I’m just at the point, at this point in [the] campaign, let Iowa voters decide,” he said. “It goes to the same issue with the debate right now.”

Harris dropped out of the campaign last week citing financial concerns. Booker has profited from her departure from the race, gaining $1 million in donations after her exit. 

The New Jersey senator has not qualified for the December debate as he has not received any qualifying polls. Some have criticized the party for potentially hosting an all-white presidential debate this month.