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Cory Booker Endorses Joe Biden for President for Common Purpose

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he is endorsing 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, becoming the second former 2020 presidential candidate in recent days to endorse the former vice president.

“The answer to hatred & division is to reignite our spirit of common purpose. [Biden] wont only win – hell show theres more that unites us than divides us,” Booker wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. “Hell restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges. Thats why Im proud to endorse Joe.”

In crucial Michigan, which votes in its primary on Tuesday, Booker will join Biden for events in Flint and Detroit, a Biden campaign official told news outlets.

His endorsement comes just a day after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) endorsed Biden. The two senators, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), will likely be cited by the Biden campaign ahead of the Michigan primary as other primaries this week.

With Bookers endorsement, it appears that the Democratic establishment is coalescing around Bidens campaign as the best option to defeat President Donald Trump in November. Biden won in a landslide in South Carolina last month before claiming victories in most of the Super Tuesday states.

But Booker occasionally battled with Biden, including making reference to the former vice presidents remarks in which he said he worked with segregationist senators.

Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden beckon to Bookers family after a ceremonial swearing-in with his mother Carolyn Booker in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol Oct. 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“You dont joke about calling black men boys. Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity,” Booker said in a statement last year.

And during one Democratic debate last July, Booker criticized Biden on criminal justice reform.

“Theres a saying in my community that youre dipping into the Kool-Aid and you dont even know the flavor,” Booker told Biden in reference to a 1994 crime bill that was supported by Biden when he was a senator from Delaware. “You need to come to the city of Newark and see the reforms we put in place.” Booker was the former mayor of Newark, New Jerseys largest city.

Other ex-2020 candidates, including Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto ORourke, have endorsed the former vice president in the past two weeks or so.

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