“And folks, we will bring a fight to the NRA like they have never, ever seen before — and we will win”
Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker (D-NJ) launched a national tour on Saturday. Politicians on both sides of the aisle love boogeymen they can hold up as “the” problem, and Booker is no exception as he promises to “bring a fight” to the NRA.
Democratic presidential contender Cory Booker promised on Saturday to “bring a fight” to the National Rifle Association (NRA), calling for a range of gun control reforms as part of a hometown launch for a national campaign tour.
“We won’t wait for more thoughts and prayers for communities that have been shattered by gun violence from Pittsburgh to Parkland to Charleston,” he told the crowd in Newark, where he served as mayor for seven years before becoming a senator. “We will pass universal background checks, we will ban assault weapons and close loopholes that allow people who never should have a gun to get one.”
“And folks, we will bring a fight to the NRA like they have never, ever seen before — and we will win,” he said.
This is the same drum he beat during a town hall last month in which he said “we’ll bring a fight like the NRA has never seen.”
The NRA responded as only the NRA can.
Booker hasn’t really taken off as a candidate for 2020 and is polling in the low single digits. His campaign, however, claims that it’s playing the long game and is not worried about his slow start in polls and fundraising.
Booker’s choice to formally announce his campaign in Newark, with a speech that echoed lines of Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights writings, was meant to put firm underpinnings beneath a candidate who has been criticized by some as inauthentic and a campaign that has struggled to survive in a sprawling and diverse Democratic field.
Booker, the mayor of New Jersey’s largest city from 2006 until 2013, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, finds himself solidly in the middle of a presidential pack that now numbers 18. Booker raised more than $5 million in the two months since he announced his bid for the presidency, a number that places him behind other high-profile aspirants like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is expected to formally announce his candidacy on Sunday. O’Rourke and Sanders raised more in the first 24 hours of their campaign than Booker did in more than 60 days.
Booker’s campaign and supporters insist he has enough support and cash to avoid being deemed irrelevant, while skirting the intense scrutiny visited on front-runners.
For some reason Booker apparently imagines that America wants to become just like Newark, a “model” for America. Or something.
Today we're hosting our Hometown Kickoff in Newark. This means a lot to me—it's a testament to how far we've come as a city and a model for how far we can go as a country. pic.twitter.com/NifNq2p9j5
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 13, 2019
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