Down in the polls and his campaign fizzling, did Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., just make a play for being former Vice President Joe Biden’s eventual running mate?
Biden has been the front-runner, and while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has all but closed the gap – given Biden’s blunders on the stump – there’s still a good chance he will be the Democratic Party presidential nominee.
Booker appears to think so, given his spirited, if unexpected defense of Biden during Tuesday night’s primary debate.
Somewhat surprisingly, given that it was CNN, Biden was grilled right out of the gate over the controversy involving his son’s business dealings in Ukraine — Hunter Biden was paid up to $50,000 a month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father served as President Barack Obama’s point person in that nation.
(With Biden not being the first choice of the progressive left, which best describes the leanings of the liberal network, that may explain the early focus.)
When the moderators — CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, and New York Times editor Marc Lacey — finally got around to Booker, the lawmaker served up a rebuke typically reserved for Republicans.
“I just want to say, as a great New Jerseyan Yogi Berra said, I am having déjà vu all over again,” Booker said. “I’m having Déjà vu all over again first of all, because I saw this play in 2016’s election. We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies and the second issue we cover on this stage is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman.”
The “statesman” being Joe Biden, of course.
Booker goes on to suggest Democrats are above defending themselves when caught up in controversies of their own making.
“That was so offensive! We should not have to defend ourselves and the only person sitting at home enjoying that was Donald Trump, seeing that we’re distracting from his malfeasance, and the selling out of his office,” he harrumphed.
While the stand may evoke “Spartacus” memories, Booker quickly dashed any hopes of momentum when he pivoted to what he called “the clear and existential threat in America.”
The threat being the closing of Planned Parenthood offices, the leading provider of abortions in America.
“I’m having Deja Vu all over again,” he continued.”We have another health care debate and we’re not talking about the clear and existential threat in America that we are in a state that has had two Planned Parenthoods closed.”
And he was just beginning to pander to women, claiming that “all over this country women’s reproductive rights under attack.”
But, as he’s been known to do, Booker pressed a little too hard in declaring “women are people” too.
In addition to pandering to women, Booker made a shameless attempt to corner the vegan vote in a jab at the moderators for asking Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren about their health.
“I feel qualified to say this as the vegan on the stage,” he stated. “It’s rich to me, we asked three people about their health. When looking at this stage, we know that the most unhealthy person running for the presidency in 2020 is Donald Trump.”
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s stamina as a 73-year-old man is remarkable.
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