WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Just one week after announces his run for the democratic nomination for president, New Jersey junior senator Cory Booker made his way to Iowa and called for an end to political divisiveness.
“We are going to be a great nation not because of what we’re against, but because of what we’re for, because of who we’re for. In this country we don’t have to fight fire with fire,” said Booker.
The senator made four stops in Iowa Friday as part of his Iowa Rise tour, which continues Saturday.
Booker is the most recent of several democrats to toss their name into the running for president. He called for changes to healthcare and higher wages.
“Minimum wage has not kept up with inflation. That’s why we need a national $15 minimum wage so that everyone who works a full-time job in America will have a job that pays with dignity,” he said.
With a law degree from Yale, Booker said African-Americans and those with mental illnesses are disproportionately imprisoned by the U.S. criminal justice system and are saddled with a record for life.
“We have a criminal justice system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than poor and innocent. Many people are getting churned into this system and not getting a second chance,” Booker said.
Booker does have a record of working to open up job opportunities. He supported the First Step Act, which was signed by President Trump in December.
“We can have federal policy that is informed by local communities and be able to make a big difference in the lives of folks,” Booker said.
Jeff Kaufman, chair of the Iowa GOP, released a statement about Booker’s visit:
“Cory Booker will say just about anything to stand out in the Democrats’ crowded field of coastal liberals. With his cringeworthy ‘I am Spartacus’ moment during the Kavanaugh hearings and exposing his ignorance with foolish lines of questioning, Iowans can see through his theatrics and still reject his policies – like his embrace of trillion dollar government programs, burdensome regulations for Iowa farmers and his plan to eliminate private health insurance. Democrats are desperately trying to sprint ahead of each other in their race to the far-left, leaving Iowans in the dust.”