Cory Booker sent the following email to supporters urging them to run with him for his upcoming U.S. Senate bid. The special election takes place on October 16th. Join the campaign today.
It's a fair question these days: why would someone want to go to Washington to serve in the Senate at all? My answer: some people run from big challenges -- I run toward them.
I'm running in the October special election to be New Jersey's next United States senator -- and in a sign of the times, my extreme opponent has turned his campaign into an attack on President Obama and his agenda.
Too many of America's leaders turn their backs on the big challenges we face as a nation: the kinds of challenges that could make the lives of our children harder than our own. People like my extreme, out-of-touch opponent are more concerned with sticking it to President Obama than sticking up for American families.
Run with me to help win this special October senate race and solve our toughest challenges together. Join my campaign today.
I understand the skepticism about politics today. I saw it when I took office as mayor of Newark, N.J. Some people said we couldn't create jobs or attract businesses. But today the city's population is growing for the first time in 60 years, and while Newark represents only three percent of the state's population, it's now home to one-third of all commercial and multi-family development. Families can see a better future for themselves here.
I believe that we can do better. I know that when you bring people together to focus on our problems, even the most difficult things become possible.
But my opponent promises to put his extreme ideology above all else. He calls Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" and wants to do away with Medicare. He would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest. He advocates a "tax increase for the poor" while eliminating the corporate income tax. This is the type of divisive agenda that would undo decades of consensus and pull our nation backward.
I reject division and skepticism. And with your help, so will the people of New Jersey in this special election.
Our special election is coming up fast: October 16th. And these special elections are wildcards -- we've seen out-of-touch candidates get elected in these typically low-turnout contests.
We don't have any time to waste, and we can't risk losing this seat.
Tell me you'll run with me before the election next month:
The author Jim Rohn once said, "Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change."
I'm running because the truth I've lived in Newark is that people who care can find solutions to even the most difficult challenges.
I hope you'll join me,