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Sen. Cory Booker declares he is running for president: ‘We are better when we help each other’

'Spartacus' is making a run for the White House

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) officially announced Friday that he is running for president in 2020.

What are the details?

Booker, the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, shared the announcement in a video across his social media platforms on the first day of Black History Month.

Booker, 49, said in the video, "The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it."

The video features Booker walking through his Newark neighborhood and calling himself "the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner-city community," adding that it was "the first community that took a chance" on him.

"We are better when we help each other," Booker said. "I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame."

"I'm Cory Booker," he continues, "and I'm running for president of the United States of America."

Other noted Democrats who have thrown their hat in the ring include California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The Iowa caucuses — which kick off the election primary calendar — are slated for Feb. 3, 2020.

You can read more about Booker's background here.

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