Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he wanted to beat President Donald Trump “mano a mano” by facing him in a debate. He said he would rather see the president “defeated at the ballot box than removed from office,” said Politico.
Booker said that he did not think the impeachment process is good for anyone. “I’ve heard from my Democratic colleagues, folks just tell me this is just not a good thing for America. I don’t think the colleagues that I know that are my friends in the Senate on both sides of the aisle think this is a good thing. None of us are happy about this,” he said.
According to Booker, “As a guy, a big competitor, I want to beat Donald Trump mano a mano. I want to face him down on the debate floor. So this is not something I want to do. Yeah, I will evaluate the facts objectively and honor the oath that I swore, even though I think Donald Trump has violated his oath of office.”
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Booker added that the country is “fatigued” from the impeachment process. The Hill reported that Booker said the country should “move on” when the Senate trial is over.
According to RealClearPolitics, Booker is currently ranking in 8th among the candidates.
Here’s the full clip via NBC YouTube channel: