Dec 6, 2019

Cory Booker: It's "stunning" that Bloomberg would call me "well-spoken"

Cory Booker and Michael Bloomberg. Photos: Charis Carlson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images and Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker said on Friday that he hopes people around 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg are discussing why describing him as "well-spoken" is problematic and part of bigger frustrations within the black community, CNN reports.

Catch up quick: Bloomberg characterized Booker as "well-spoken" Friday morning when responding to a reporter's question about how only white candidates are expected to participate in the next Democratic debate, per CNN.

What they're saying: Bloomberg told reporters later on Friday that he "probably shouldn't have used the word," and noted that Booker is a Rhodes Scholar, which he called "much more impressive" than his own academic background.

"It's sort of stunning at times that we are still revisiting these sort of tired, you know, tropes or the language we have out there that folks I don't think understand. And the fact that they don't understand is problematic."
— Cory Booker on Friday

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Podcast: Bloomberg's media mess

President Trump’s campaign won’t credential Bloomberg News reporters, in response to the media outlet saying it won't investigate candidate Mike Bloomberg or his Democratic Party rivals. Dan digs in with Axios media reporter Sara Fischer.

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Democrats call out lack of diversity in 2020 race after Harris' exit

Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harrisat the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood in March. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Leading Democrats including presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro spoke out against an increasing lack of diversity in the 2020 race following the exit of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Tuesday.

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Booker: "There's more billionaires in the race than there are black people"

Cory Booker. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker described his initial reaction to Sen. Kamala Harris's exit from the 2020 presidential race on Buzzfeed's AM2DM show as anger since there are now more billionaires in the race than black people.

Why it matters: Harris, the first top-tier candidate to drop out, told her supporters that she doesn't have the financial resources to continue her pursuit of the presidency and isn't a billionaire, so cannot fund her own campaign. Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have received a barrage of criticism for buying their way into the 2020 race.

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