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Cory Booker could be the first vegan president

Cory Booker
Cory Booker. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), 49, would be the country's first self-described vegan president, the LA Times' Nardine Saad writes.

What he's saying: "I find myself more and more rejoicing in the delicious simplicity of a whole food, plant based diet,” Booker wrote on Facebook last March, sharing a picture of a roasted-cauliflower lunch.

  • On "The View" on Friday, Meghan McCain asked Booker: "What does a vegan eat at the Iowa State Fair?" Booker responded: "I won’t eat the pork chop on a stick, but there will be a lot of fried stuff."

"Booker is a self-described 'junk-food vegan,'" per the LA Times:

  • "He fasts intermittently and focuses on eating unprocessed food with simple ingredients, which have helped him lose weight and increase his energy."
  • "He also loves a good Impossible burger."

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