Dec 9, 2018, 2:04 AM ET

Cory Booker will decide whether to run for president 'over the holidays'


Sen. Cory Booker hasn't made a decision yet on whether he'll run for president in 2020, but he said in New Hampshire on Saturday that he'll make a verdict in about a month.

Booker, D-N.J., was in the country's first primary state on Saturday for a number of events. He was the key speaker at the state's Democratic post-midterm celebration in a crowded auditorium at New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. He was also guest of honor at a house party in Nashua hosted by former state Sen. Bette Lasky -- alongside Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and state Sen. Cindy Rosenwald.

He was in a spirited mood at both, but talked little about his presidential ambitions. He was more candid about his plans Saturday morning.

"During the holidays I'm gonna sit down and take a lot of stock about what I want to do next -- whether I want to run for president or stay in the Senate and help this continued movement in our country to reinvigorate our democracy," Booker told Manchester ABC affiliate WMUR in a one-on-one interview.

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., pauses while sharing a personal story while speaking at a post-midterm election victory celebration in Manchester, N.H., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2018.AP
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., pauses while sharing a personal story while speaking at a post-midterm election victory celebration in Manchester, N.H., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2018.

That he's considering a run for the top of the ticket is hardly a surprise. He's been testing the waters in both Iowa, the first caucus state, and New Hampshire for months. Booker was in Iowa on Oct. 6, exactly one month before the midterm elections.

There he railed against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after grabbing national headlines during the confirmation hearings.

On Saturday, Booker echoed the last Democratic president speaking about "hope."

"The definition of hope isn't that you see some light at the end of the tunnel, or something on the horizon that gives you hope -- hope is generated from within," he told the overflow crowd in Manchester.

In Nashua, Booker spoke at length about his own personal story growing up in New Jersey split between inner-city Newark and suburban Upper Saddle River and the issues facing New Hampshire, including the opioid crisis. New Hampshire has the second-highest number of overdose deaths in the nation: 35.8 people per 100,000 in 2016, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

PHOTO: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., poses for a photo at a house party in Nashua, N.H., as he tested the waters for a presidential run on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.WMUR
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., poses for a photo at a house party in Nashua, N.H., as he tested the waters for a presidential run on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

"This incredible city is struggling with opioid addiction, struggling with mental health issues," Booker said, referring to Nashua. "They're struggling with what my region is struggling with."

The house party also drew a large number of people, in the very same place Barack Obama held a similar event in 2007 when he was a senator.

"We've never seen it as packed as this and we've hosted quite a number of political people here," Elliot Lasky, an optometrist in Nashua who attended the party, told WMUR.

Booker will spend a second day in the state on Sunday in Keene.

The senator is part of a crowded field of potential Democratic contenders -- though none have thrown their hats in the ring officially. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are among some of the top contenders to take on Donald Trump in 2020.

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  • WittyWeasel

    S-o-o-o-o, " Right Hook Booker '' is going to assault the American people now ? Big step up from beating up his women !

  • Bob

    He wants to fantasize about the job another month or so.

  • PeterFromDuluth

    Good looks, language skills, and ideal catchy phrases are not bad. But, I would value accumulated deeds and sacrifice for the society much more. I regard Booker as a good material for the future.

  • Financial Man

    Cory! Please run, please. It will entertaining to watch Trump take you on.

  • Robin

    Cory Booker should be patient and wait out the next election. It's not his turn.

  • Forward forward

    He would be a good candidate, but I suspect there will be a lot of good Democratic candidates, and a few Republican candidates, too.

  • jim t

    Please please Cory decide soon. I may lose my bladder if I hear nothing.

  • Marta

    If we are going to defeat this President, we CANNOT have a bruising, cannibalizing, 12 candidate primary!

  • KJK

    Spartacus Booker has a loyal band of supporters who will, on cue, stand up and repeat that they too are Spartacus. What fun his nomination would be.

  • Southern CT

    Please, please run.

  • Lee-Anne Griffin

    Puh-lease. Of course he's gonna run. His rhetoric and camera hogging at hearings shows that. Kind of easy to see that.

  • wd65

    Michelle Obama feared that it was too soon for Barack, and from events in the last two years I think she was correct. I like Cory Booker, but I think he should wait another two terms before he tries.
    I like Bloomberg in 2020.

  • Bill Toone

    Jimmy Carter, Gov of Georgia "came from nowhere"
    Bill Clinton Gov of Arkansas "came from nowwhere"
    Barack Obama, first-term U.S. Senator "came from nowhere"
    It is possible that the nominee is not yet on the radar.
    These guys were all unknowns to most of the country, until they ran.

  • DestinysNow

    Booker is running for VP. He is not high profile enough to head the ticket yet, but he could be very helpful running for VP. Dems will need candidates who will ignite voters and get them to the polls in 2020. White women are fool's gold, as Hillary just proved. However, Obama showed that he could amplify minority votes with traditional Dems enough to win twice. Booker would be helpful in getting minority voters back to the polls in high enough numbers to override Trump in several swing states.

  • June Smith

    Jason Momoa for president.

  • William

    PR stunt.....Booker has no chance

  • Prophet With Honor

    As long as nobody is characterized as a symbol.

  • David

    Booker or Warren would be like holding up a white flag and saying we give, whoever they're running against will win. Nominating Clinton was risky as all get out, if it had been anybody besides Trump she would have lost by a landslide and not a few electoral votes.

  • Virginia Ludden

    Do us all a favor and don't....Sorry, but don't see anything you have to offer...

  • tet1953

    If he had only decided to run we would have a President Biden today. I fear he may be too old in 2020 but as it stands at this moment he is still our best bet.

  • DEM-Castballot

    As vice president yes.He believes in equality.If Biden wasn't so old,I'd say Biden for president.All the greats are way over the hill.Not Hillary.Too far gone.My pick is still under construction.As if it really mattered.

  • One Man

    Kamala - Cory 2020!!!

  • gimmemymoney

    Run Cory, run.

  • Mintas Lanxor

    CaptnBlynd The Psycho in Chief is a better option for you than Hillary or someone like her? You are a totally irresponsible and uninformed voter. Such people as you will be the reason for the destruction of liberal democracy in, and decline of, America.

  • CatMom

    This qrticle HAD to remind us of Kavanaugh. Eeewww!

  • mik8888

    Unfortunately I have to agree with that sentiment that snowthrush put out before someone rejected it out of hand...while I do not
    support 'labels' nor the race card, I do realize that the best chance
    for a Democrat to succeed in 2020 is to be someone other than an African is just too soon after the very first black ever,
    reached that highest office...I also do not think it 'must be' a white
    man or woman. We are a diverse culture, and it should be reflected in
    our choices, just as it was in the midterms...

  • Armyguy123

    If Democrats don't run a moderate, they will lose. People want a cool headed, intelligent, moderate president, not an antifa sympathizer. The angry fragile youth of this country need to let the adults take the wheel.

  • David Marty ✓ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    The guy is a joke! No chance of winning. Might as well run Hillary.

  • Tegbessou Géléhéso

    Isn't this the guy that was all hands back in high school?

  • Erik

    Booker is a joke!

  • Ichabod Chamberpot

    Democrats: please keep the Electoral College in mind. The US Presidential election isn't decided by who is the most popular on the coasts. You owe us after the 2016 debacle so choose a candidate that has a prayer at winning the EC and if it makes you feel better, one that can actually achieve a majority vote in the amusing but unimportant statistic called the 'popular vote' since Clinton failed at both.

  • Robert Cowger

    A genuine waste of time. He would never poll enough support to make his run worthwhile.

  • Kilia

    Booker is a fine man. Wouldn't mind having him for President.

  • Army Brat

    You are going to see a lot of democrats entire the race because this Novembers Blue Tsunami showed us Republicans are finished. This was the 2nd largest amount of flipped seats since Watergate. Republican have lost the women & independents and keep in mind Trump won by a tiny 0.06% of the electoral vote losing the popular vote by over 2 %

  • Invisableman

    The last thing we need is another Obama. They are already comparing the two.

  • Bud Simpson

    Thank God, I was worried that he might not even consider it.


  • Prophet With Honor

    What the Democrats need is Joe Biden minus 35 years.

  • Progressive Expert.

    Im am Spartacus.

  • Bob Crabbs

    Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia should run for President in 2020. He's the only senator who won re-election this year in a state that voted for President Trump in 2016. He could stand at the podium and tell Trump to his face that us West Virginians know Trump's policies are sabotaging the state of West Virginia and the United States. That's why we re-elected Sen. Manchin, and that's why Trump will lose in 2020.