Booker shoots down 2016 presidential bid
August 1st, 2013
03:53 PM ET
9 months ago

Booker shoots down 2016 presidential bid

(CNN) – Cory Booker is often labeled a rising star in the Democratic Party and mentioned as a potential candidate for president one day.

But don't count on him running in 2016.

Asked Thursday by Politico whether he would rule out a presidential or vice presidential bid in the next presidential cycle, Booker responded with three words: "Absolutely yes, unequivocally."

A spokesman confirmed his quote and said Booker is focused on his current run for the U.S. Senate in a special election this fall. He's running to fill the seat vacated by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in early June.

Booker is considered the frontrunner in the Democratic primary on August 13, as well as the special election on October 16.

He's raised some serious cash already this summer, with $6.5 million raised as of June 30 and $4.5 million in the bank. He'll be getting even more money Thursday night when Oprah Winfrey hosts a fundraiser for the Senate hopeful.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    egads.... the democrats are getting desperate for 2016 candidates! the guy is some lowly city mayor!

    August 1, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. just askin

    isn't eight years of an inexperienced community orgainzer with no leadership skills enough? would we really be stupid enough to elect yet another person that has zero experience? cory booker is a likeable person but experience, results and ideas matter. if we keep electing people of no substance, like obama, the country is going to tank even more than it has over the last 4.5 years. do people really wanbt to see 20% unemployemnt rates and riots in the streets?

    August 1, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. A Kickin' Donkey

    Cory Booker's time isnt 2016; it's 2024. Democrats don't need to rush him out too early. Booker would be smart to initiate "Independent-voter appealing" legislation on National issues that favorably impact the middle class. Tax reform that lowers individual rates while eliminationg CORPORATE deductions & loopholes. DHS focused legislation on securing borders / expired Visas & e-Verify. Those moves, along with 9 years in the Senate will get him a cabinet post at a minimum. Now let'"s talk about the development of Chris Van Shay, Brian Sandeval, Kamila Harris, and Deval Patrick.

    August 1, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. boungiorno

    seriously get some help people :)

    August 1, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    But why not? He's a media darling, for some unaccountable reason. But that reason is usually good enough.

    August 1, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    anonymous

    egads.... the democrats are getting desperate for 2016 candidates! the guy is some lowly city mayor!
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    You're whining about something that does not exist.. He was asked a question by the media and answered it. I could understand your cynicism if he didn't rule it out/ But, he didn't say yes, did he?

    August 1, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    This guy for WH, are you crazy? No way. He does not have same charisma as Obma. Do not be stupid.

    August 1, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Deval Patrick...I'm with that Kickin' Donkey.

    August 1, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. ????

    ====> A. B. H.<===
    Anybody But Hillary

    August 1, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Jim Hahn

    Lowly city major? Newark is the largest city in New Jersey and the 67th largest in the country. He has done some great things that that city and will go on to do great things for the state of New Jersey as well.

    August 1, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Guy

    How about we get a guy who has the experience not to get hosed by thugs like Putin?

    August 1, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    anonymous
    egads.... the democrats are getting desperate for 2016 candidates! the guy is some lowly city

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Egads.... Someone should read the article prior to posting so their glaring ignorance doesn't blind everyone who has the misfortune of reading their post.

    August 1, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. just askin

    Jim Hahn - He has done some great things that that city
    -–

    name three of them.

    August 1, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    ????
    ====> A. B. H.<===
    Anybody But Hillary

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why. Because you know that no rethug can defeat her? Frankly, the dems could run a container of spoiled milk in 2016 and still win in a landslide!

    August 1, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Guy
    How about we get a guy who has the experience not to get hosed by thugs like Putin?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What would YOU have done, little guy? Since you're so intelligent and have insider knowledge of the situation, what did the President do wrong and what should he have done – are you suggesting he should send in hit men to take snowden out? Oh, I know – he could have started a war with Poland! Regardless of what President Obama would/should/could have done or done differently, you would be here bashing him.

    August 1, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |