Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Gives Electric Speech at Democratic Convention

Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In an energetic and impassioned address to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker argued that calling for higher taxes on the rich in times of crisis is not class warfare, it’s “patriotism.”

“When your country is in a costly war with our soldiers sacrificing abroad, and our nation is facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare, it’s patriotism,” he said, the crowd erupting with applause and chanting “USA! USA!” before he could go on.

Watch him deliver the well received line via Business Insider below:

Booker was defending a section found in the official 2012 Democratic platform in which the party supports raising taxes on individuals making more than $250,000. Booker, who served as the chair of the Platform Committee, said the platform is “not about left or right — but about moving America forward.”

“We can’t make the mistake that they (the Republicans) make of thinking this country is hungry for bash and slash and trash,” Booker added. “This country is hungry for hope.”

Booker also attacked Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — without naming him — for waging a so-called “war on women” and proposing a 2010 budget that cut funding for Planned Parenthood, resulting in fewer clinic hours.

“They may tell us they love women, but when they do things like that, they are setting all of us back,” he said. “When a woman goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic…This is an opportunity for them to get contraception that could prevent the abortion that you are so much against.”

As Booker wrapped up his speech, the crowd chanted “Cory! Cory!” Watch his entire address here:

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(H/T: Business Insider)