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Cory Booker makes Florida swing for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey’s best hope for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination, is spending Saturday in Florida.

His first stop of the day found him at Edward Waters College in New Town, where he was part of the HBCU’s Homecoming Parade, along with supporters of Florida’s top Democratic candidates: Sen. Bill Nelson and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

The college tour didn’t stop with the parade: Booker had scheduled an afternoon meeting with University of North Florida students in Jacksonville, followed by a late-afternoon visit to Orlando’s University of Central Florida.

We spoke to Booker between meetings in Jacksonville via phone.

Booker noted he was “excited to support” Nelson and Gillum, two “inspiring leaders.”

Nelson, said Booker, is a “titan in the Senate,” and “to not have him return would be an outrageous injury.”

Gillum, meanwhile, is “one of the most exciting leaders in the country,” promising a “dramatic change” in Tallahassee, with a policy vision on health care and other matters that aligns with Booker.

When asked, Booker noted that this trip was not driven by 2020 concerns.

“My focus is Nov. 6,” the Senator said, even as he is travelling “almost coast-to-coast” right now to “help as many people as I can” in the “most important midterm of my lifetime.”

Democratic candidates, meanwhile, have big events next week: Monday “winning ticket” rallies at the University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida feature Nelson and Gillum, along with the frontrunner in the 2020 Presidential primary: former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Capping off the two-day circuit is a 3:45 p.m. rally on Tuesday in Orlando. While Gillum won’t be there, Biden and Nelson will appear with Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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