Cory Booker became the latest Democrat to announce a 2020 run for the Presidency of the United States. He did so, as have others, in the form of a campaign video released across multiple media platforms:
He joins an already crowded Presidential field of certain and likely nominees (likely, in this case, counting those who have publicly formed exploratory committees to allow Presidential fundraising).
Others include Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigeg, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, Andrew Yang, and Kirsten Gillibrand. These are just the Democrats, not independents and other party candidates. It is also not considering other high-profile Democrat politicians who have refused to publicly close the door on potential runs like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the poll-projected favorite Joe Biden.
In a recognition of how crowded the field is, Richard Ojeda has already announced his intent to run and his resignation from that field, in recognition of the difficulty candidates are having raising money and increasing name recognition.
Cory Booker is a prominent Senator from New Jersey, who is expected to encounter blowback due to having been the beneficiary of fundraising events held by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Democrats are anticipating that the unpopularity of Donald Trump, combined with a hard push on the “binary” narrative to keep third party and independent candidates on the sideline, will allow the eventual primary winner to coast into the Presidency. This, combined with the tendency for eventual Presidential candidates to select former rivals as running mates, is proving to be a strong temptation for Democrat politicians.