New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is endorsing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race. The former presidential candidate made the announcement ahead of tomorrow's six crucial primaries. Senator Booker joins CBSN to explain why he's supporting the former vice president.
"Well, look, it's a time for us to beat Donald Trump," Booker said. "And it became very clear to me that Joe Biden is the right person to do that. We have to unify and show our strength. And I think this Tuesday could be a pivotal day in our primary progress. But it's about time we start unifying as a party and begin the work to beat Donald Trump, and frankly, save our nation, humanity, address our common cause and our common challenges."
"We know this election is not a referendum on one guy in one office, it's a referendum on who we are and who we must be to each other."
"First of all, I love Joe Biden — he and I have had a great relationship for a long time. I wouldn't have run against him if I didn't think I was the best person to be the next president of the United States, but I'm out of the race. And as I look at him, I know factually from talking to him that some of my biggest issues — like criminal justice reform, like racial justice, like economic justice — he is going to be a strong leader on that, and can actually pull the country together, the kind of coalitions we need to actually make progress in those areas. I'm enthusiastic about this decision.
"I'm determined to beat Donald Trump," Booker said. "I know [Biden] is a leader, not just to beat Donald Trump, but to bring honor back to that office."
"I think a lot of people are waking up to the reality. African American voters in the South, African American voters here in Detroit, they have played a pivotal role in my entire lifetime in choosing a Democratic nominee. And what I'm excited about is to hear Joe Biden growing in enthusiasm, because he's always been talking about it, and understanding the issues of race and, frankly, racial reconciliation, racial justice, and even saying things now about choosing a black woman on the Supreme Court. I'm happy about the diversity of our nation. I'm happy to see the coalition that Joe Biden is building. I'm happy that I know confidently that he's going to govern in a way that brings us together as a nation, across racial, religious, even party lines, to begin to do the business. Because we know now more than ever our adversaries from China to Russia are building in strengthened determination to undermine our democracy. Our divisions as a country is our weakness. We need the candidate that can best unify all of us, and that is Joe Biden."