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Cory Booker is on the campaign trail, but not in the way you might think

Hunter Walker Mon, Sep 3 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — The current midterm election cycle has been a long strange trip for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Since the start of last year, Booker has been traveling to campaign on behalf of more than 25 of his fellow Democrats in 19 states.

“I think this might be, and I’m including presidential election years — Hillary had me all over the place — but this is probably some of the most intense travel of my life,” Booker said in an interview with Yahoo News last week.

Booker is one of the more high-profile Democrats in the Senate and is regularly described as a leading contender for the White House in 2020. Given the presidential speculation, all of Booker’s moves, particularly campaign travel, are scrutinized as potential steps toward a run. However, Booker’s trips so far haven’t hit the obvious spots for a presidential launch.

Other Democrats rumored to have eyes on the race have already visited early primary states. While Booker has been all over the map, he thus far hasn’t visited the three early primary states that would be the most obvious springboards for a presidential bid — Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Booker insisted those states aren’t determining his travel plans.

“I’m working on a trip to North Dakota. I’m going down to Texas. … This is not something for me planning for anything beyond November 2018,” Booker said. “For me, this is not about ‘swirl.’ This is about unyielding focus on November the 6th.”

Booker believes the Democrats have a shot at taking back Congress.

“The Democrats have a … better-than-even chance of taking back the House,” Booker said. “I think that we have a better chance to take back the Senate than people gave Donald Trump of winning the presidency, so it is a realistic chance.”

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Workers World Party 2016 Presidential Candidate Monica Morehead

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Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party (WWP) 2016 Presidential Candidate.

Monica Moorehead

Sisters and Brothers, Comrades in Struggle:

We send warm greetings of solidarity to Peace and Freedom Party members.

The 2016 election year is momentous. We are faced with the racist, reactionary hatred of billionaire Donald Trump and all the Republican candidates who want to take this country back to an earlier stage of imperialism — before the Civil Rights, national liberation and workers’ struggles won major gains and before the women’s and LGBTQ movements.

One presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, describes himself as a democratic socialist. Who would have thought he would be giving the Democratic Party establishment a run for their money?

In the midst of all this stands the Black Lives Matter movement resisting unbridled police terror. This movement has forced police brutality, mass incarceration and gentrification front and center. This ongoing battle against white supremacy is a tremendous step forward for the working class, poor and oppressed — including the victims of racist state repression, notably by the police and ICE.

The movement for immigrant rights continues, as witnessed in Wisconsin on Feb. 18, when thousands held a Day without Latinos. The fight against environmental racism is strong in Flint, East L.A. and North Carolina. The fight for $15 and a union continues.

Capitalism is a system that must be uprooted if humanity and the planet are to survive however. This is why the Workers World Party campaign pushes for a movement to make fundamental change now and beyond the elections.

Most importantly, the current period calls for a strong stand against white supremacy. This is why we are running two Black candidates, Monica Moorehead for President and Lamont Lilly for Vice President.

Socialists must make the struggle against racism pivotal. The legacy of slavery is still integral to U.S. society, despite the historic election of the first Black president. The Black Lives Matter movement is carrying forth the ongoing struggle for Black Liberation, central to the victory for our entire class.

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Stewart Alexander – Socialist – 2012

Stewart Alexis Alexander (born 1 October 1951) is an American democratic socialist politician, presidential nominee for the Socialist Party USA in the 2012 election,[2][3][4] and former SPUSA nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election.

A resident of California, Alexander was the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2006. He received 43,319 votes, 0.5% of the total. In August 2010, Alexander declared his candidacy for the President of the United States with the Socialist Party and Green Party.[5] In January 2011, Alexander also declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party.

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Dennis Serrette – New Alliance Party Nominee – 1984

Dennis L. Serrette, born in Harlem, New York in the 1940s, was the New Alliance Party candidate for United States President in the 1984 presidential election. His running mate was Nancy Ross.

Mr. Serrette has been a union activist since 1964. In 1972 he became a founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He was also a vice president of a local of the Communication Workers of America and is currently the CWA’s Education Specialist. At present, he is also the president of the United Association for Labor Education.

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Jesse Jackson, Sr. – Democratic Party Presidential Candidate – 1984, 1988

How-Jesse-Jackson-Paved-the-Way-for-Barack-Obama-and-Brought-About-a-Better-More-Inclusive-AmericaJesse Jackson’s 1984 campaign sought to bring together a “Rainbow Coalition” of African Americans, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, family farmers, and women that would challenge the conservative policies of president Ronald Reagan.  Rev. Jackson placed third out of ten candidates for the Democratic nomination with more than 3 million primary votes.  He won primaries or caucuses in four states and the District of Columbia. Jackson’s campaign made enormous progress by building on Chisholm’s legacy. His 1984 campaign registered nearly 2 million voters of all racial backgrounds.[23] By registering so many new voters, Jackson expanded the Democratic Party’s base. He also inspired African American voters. Exit polls showed that nearly 12% of all Black voters were participating for the first-time.[24] Jackson’s campaign won him a speaking slot at the 1984 Democratic Convention, which provided a national platform for him to present his agenda.[25] In his 1988 campaign, Jackson increased his support to 6.9 million primary votes and won 9 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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Andrew Pulley – Socialist Workers Party (SWP) Nominee – 1980

andrew pulleyAndrew Pulley (born May 5, 1951) is a former American politician who ran as Socialist Workers Party (SWP) candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1972; at the time he was twenty years old, making him ineligible under the United States Constitution. Along with Presidential candidate Linda Jenness he received 52,799 votes. At the time he ran he was a civil rights movement supporter, steel mill worker and Vietnam War veteran who’d opposed the war. He was the was the SWP candidate for President in 1980. He received 40,105 votes.

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Dick Gregory – Freedom and Peace Party Presidential Nominee – 1968

dick_gregoryDick Gregory ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes (including one from Hunter S. Thompson) with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states, David Frost in others, and Dr. Benjamin Spock in Virginia and Pennsylvania garnering more than the party he had left. The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly.

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