CORY BOOKER: I have affirmed my sexual orientation over the years. People in my local press world know what that is. At this point right now, in some ways the fact you and I are having this conversation might be a little more frustrating, but the reality is, the point Iâ€™m getting the chance to make right now, and I really, really want to drive this home, is that we need to stop in America talking about anybody in a public realm besides what is important. The content of their character. Quality of their ideas. Courage within their hearts to serve others. Thatâ€™s what's important. Here we have an opponent trying to say god-awful things.
Literally saying, I believe a guy should be a guy. Almost like saying you are not a man, that you're not a man if you're gay. That is so extreme. Letâ€™s shine lights on this for a second and understand that my father taught me what manhood is about. And it's not about whether you play football or enjoyed badminton. Being a man is about love. About kindness to others. About standing up for what's right. About doing what's important to do in the unfinished business of America. So, again, my sexuality is not an issue right now. Especially because it's been talked about by me for years before we get into a campaign that suddenly this issue is brought up again because of behavior of my opponent.