Sen. Cory Booker announces his bid for president
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced today he will run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Booker has been a vegan for several years, a fact that will attract some voters but is bound to cause controversy among farmers and ranchers.
At a VegFest in Ashbury, Park in Monmouth County, N.J., last year, Booker explained his commitment to veganism.
“I am the only vegan in the United States’ senator in history. But I’ll tell you this: the vegan consciousness is growing in our country and all those people, regardless of your diet, you are conscious of the environment, conscious of justice for animals, against cruelty to animals, conscious of your health. I am so proud that we’re all gathered here today to celebrate the consciousness of ideals that all of us hold dear. And I just want to wish you all the best, I’m proud to stand with you and proud to be here,” the website Live Kindly reported.
NJ.com, a news website, today published a list of questions and answers about Booker including his commitment to veganism.
Mercy for Animals last year compiled what the animal welfare organization called Booker’s “most vegan tweets.”
The compilation also shows that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, gave Booker a vegan carrot cupcake for his birthday and tweeted about it.
Booker, the former mayor of Newark, has also joined Encompass, a group that encourages more minorities to join the vegan movement, Veg News reported recently.
Last year, Booker and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill to place restrictions on checkoff programs, but it did not make it into the farm bill. The Humane Society of the United States lobbied for the bill and it attracted support from farm groups critical of checkoffs, AgWeb supported.
National news coverage today focused on the fact that Booker is the first African-American man to declare his candidacy for 2020. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., became the first African-American woman to run for the Democratic nomination, and her campaign rollout attracted such a following that President Donald Trump said he was impressed by it.
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