Listen: Cory Booker joins historically diverse field of candidates in 2020 race
"Tonight. Seven people are now officially seeking the democratic nomination. Three. More of launch exploratory committees and about fourteen others or still thinking about it or senior White House. Correspondent Jeff Zeleny tonight joins me with newest face on the campaign trail Senator Cory Booker. Together, America, we will raw. On Cory Booker. And I'm running for president of the United States of America. With those words New Jersey Senator Corey Booker making his presidential ambitions official as the field of democratic contenders. Just keeps growing in his raining candidates here on the on the first day of black history month Booker joining already crowded primary making clear his biography. We'll be at the forefront of his campaign is really what my mom challenged me to do as a kid. She just said, look, you have a debt to pay back, and you can't you can't really pay back. You've got to pay it forward Senator Kirsten gillibrand who's also running. Welcome Booker to the race saying I'll be cheering you on just, you know, not too hard. It's shaping up to be the most diverse and among the largest slate of candidates in Democratic Party history. Booker becomes the fourth Senator in the race and the second black candidate five women could be on the ballot. And at least a dozen more are eyeing a run for the last two years. They've been unified in their opposition to President Trump, but the divisions among Democrats over. For policy and personality are bubbling just below the surface. The president also making clear he's carefully following the opposition telling the New York Times he believes Senator Kamala Harris has had the best start with a better crowd and better enthusiasm democratic field. Also has ideological diversities with candidates already taking sides on defining issues like Medicare for all immigration and trade, Ohio. Senator Sherrod Brown on a three day visit to Iowa also exploring a presidential bid. He's urging Democrats to consider geographical diversity. Do you think your party needs a candidate from the middle of the country to defeat Donald Trump? I think that. Our party needs to nominate somebody that can win the industrial midwest heartland, the Great Lakes states plain states from pennsylvanian Iowa."