Tag: Cory Booker

Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Democratic Debates, Day 2: Andrew Yang Won the Night, Castro Shined, Biden and Harris Didn’t Perform Well

Democratic presidential candidate former tech executive Andrew Yang speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019, in Detroit. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images FLINT, Mich.—Just an hour away from the debate stage in Detroit where 10 candidates made their cases to the nation as to why they should be the next […]

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The Democratic Party Is Culling the Field Too Soon

More than a half-century ago, when law schools boasted a high flunk-out rate, unsmiling deans welcomed each incoming class by saying, “Look at the student on your left. Look at the student on your right. One of you won’t be here next year.” That desperate paper-chase tradition defined the two debates hosted by CNN this […]

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Status Quo Joe

The first words spoken by a candidate on Wednesday’s debate stage came from Joe Biden. “Go easy on me, kid,” he joked to Kamala Harris as she walked out on stage for the candidate introductions. The senator did not go easy on him, nor did most of the other Democratic contenders in Detroit. But nobody […]

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9 Legit Interesting Moments in a Very Personal Democratic Debate

Barack Obama wasn’t on the debate stage Wednesday night, but he was on everyone’s mind. And for what felt like the first time in this already frenzied and strange 2020 presidential campaign, it wasn’t all fawning and flattery. Before the candidates could discuss the legacy of the last Democrat to win the White House, however, […]

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WATCH: Cory Booker Swears During 2nd Democratic Debate on Live TV

Getty Cory Booker lives in Newark, New Jersey. Cory Booker invoked Donald Trump’s comments on “s—hole” countries during the 2nd Democratic Presidential Debate. He didn’t censor himself, firing back at Joe Biden during an immigration discussion. The former Vice President for Barack Obama was under fire for questioning related to questions about deportation numbers during […]

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Biden Pushes Back on Civil Rights Critics by Playing Up His Obama Connects, While Booker Slams Biden As an ‘Architect of Mass Incarceration’

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the NAACP’s convention in Detroit July 24, 2019.Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty) Joe Biden attempted to ward off doubts raised about his civil rights bona fides Wednesday by reminding attendees of the NAACP convention that he was Barack Obama’s pick to be his vice president. “I doubt he would […]

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The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) This week’s Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings is full of surprises. We have a new No. 1 after several candidates forgot that black people still matter, and a special guest power-ranking judge. This week, me (Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor at The Root) and Marcus Ferrell, former African American […]

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Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome back to The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, where our select committee of activists, consultants, politicians, and analysts decide where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to black people. This week’s rankings are curated by Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor of The Root (yours truly) […]

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Cory Booker Tells Don Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have Shit to Prove’ About Being Black

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker would like to remind you that he, on occasion, cusses. Saturday marked such an occasion. In fact—he even put it in writing. The New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful hopped on Twitter to defend fellow senator (and fellow Democratic presidential candidate) Kamala Harris, who has been weathering […]

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Miami Moonglow for Booker and Klobuchar

It may be remembered as the Wretched Excess Debate with ten candidates, five moderators, one ludicrous White House backdrop, and enough technical glitches to make you nostalgic for the TV test pattern era. Television pundits will undoubtably overhype the significance of the interlocking question-and-answer session that was mislabeled as a debate on Wednesday night. But, […]

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In First Debate, Democrats Say They’re All for Change, but Argue Over How Far to Go and at What Cost

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate, June 26, 2019, in Miami.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) In the Democrats’ first presidential […]

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Cory Booker’s Face When Beto O’Rourke Spoke Spanish At The Democratic Debate Is Slaying Twitter

Twitter / NBC There are currently so many Democrats running for president of the Untied States that the debates had to be split in two. So who stood out the most at the first one on Wednesday night? It depends by what you mean “stood out.” Elizabeth Warren was her usual clear, confident, knowledgeable self. […]

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Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome to The Root’s Black Power Rankings, where we assess the eleventy-billion Democrats currently running for the chance to face off against Donald Trump for the presidency. Every single candidate running right now knows they need to win black voters to have a chance at the Democratic nomination. Yet […]

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Cory Booker Chooses the Wrong Side in a New Jersey Street Fight

Democrats, the Washington Post recently told us, are frustrated—even a bit anxious—that their ambitious policy agenda is failing to attract the notice of the public. People don’t even seem to know that Democrats in Congress are proposing bold programs and reforms related to the various issues voters tell pollsters they care about. Democratic leaders were […]

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Waist-Deep in the ‘Big Muddle’

John Hickenlooper exudes a refreshing level of candor that is rare in the 2020 presidential hunt. Late Saturday afternoon, the former two-term Colorado governor was wandering—almost unrecognized—on the fringes of a claque of Joe Biden supporters after the end of South Carolina Democratic convention in Columbia. Working his way through a package of red Twizzlers […]

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South Carolina Sen. Jim Clyburn Defends Biden’s ‘Boy’ Comments, Accuses Nancy Pelosi of ‘Tokenism’ in Staffing

House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) arrives at a House Democrats meeting at the Capitol May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has gone on record as the first black man to run to former Vice President and current Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s […]

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