Cory Booker makes Florida swing for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson

Nelson booker orlando 10.20.18

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.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • MicheleRyan

    October 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    NELSON and Socialist ANDREW GILLUM are running for Senate & Governor respectively. Nelson / Gillum both proudly supports abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, using taxpayer funds for illegal aliens & DACA. In addition, Nelson is weak on border security and national defense.

    If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, amnesty r Please VOTE NO for BILL NELSON & ANDREW GILLUM this November….we can’t afford anymore Democrats. Both endorsed by LaRaza & MALDEF–which says it all.

    Vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens (bet you thought that was a given …not anymore.) Those who oppose sanctuary cities, open borders, non citizens voting, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts for illegals. That means NO Democrats. Democrats want to encourage, reward, protect illegal aliens with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships, then after they’re here….protect them from deportation. This creates MORE illegal entry and the Democrats know this.

    Recent Gallup poll- almost 60% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010 survey.

    To Democrats programs like “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) and “Temporary Protective Status” (TPS.) there is nothing temporary about these programs. To Democrats these are permanent programs with a false name to mislead the public…..and it worked. Once again Democrats have found and used liberal judges to stop these programs from deporting. The goal for Democrats is to flood the country with illegal aliens & refugees and fight against / eliminate deportations. Notice how Democrats fight to the death against any voted ID laws.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Taxpayers in numerous states are funding in state college tuition discounts for illegal aliens. Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system. I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

    If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, non citizens voting, open borders, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, weak border security, tax increases. VOTE NO for ALL Democrats this November.

  • Jimmy Conner

    October 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Booker told a crowd at a rally to go to Capitol Hill get in the face of Republican Congressmembers. Inciting violence, hate and discontent has become the norm for radicals like Booker.

    • Frankie M.

      October 20, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      In all fairness Booker’s rhetoric is relatively tame when you compare it to our fearless leader in the WH. It is kind of ironic that republicans are now calling for civility in politics. Where have they been the last 2 years???

    • Ted Dushane

      October 20, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      A stupid dishonest comment. Leader of Republican party praises actual violence against a reporter (for which the congressman involved was convicted)

  • Dee Moon

    October 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    VOTE ANDREW GUILLUM!..Yes on 4! ..and Rick Scott is a career politician who lost his job and is trying to steal Bill Nelson’s …by saying Bill’s a career politician!!! VOTE!! NOV 6

  • Tina

    October 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    So whats up with the sexual assault accusations against Booker?

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