Another one bites the dust! Over the course of 2020 alone, three, low-polling Democrat candidates have suspended their longshot presidential campaigns.
First to go was former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. During Castro’s time running for president, he was one of the most invisible candidates and furthermore failed to garner support, raise money, or ensure that Americans remembered that he was running; earlier this month, Castro ended his campaign and endorsed that of socialist Elizabeth Warren’s.
“Elizabeth Warren” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore
Then came self-help author Marianne Williamson. Like Castro, Williamson ran an unsuccessful campaign and couldn’t raise the resources to remain relevant, visible, or in the minds of voters. Thus far, Williamson has yet to endorse any of the running candidates.
Now, comes Sen. Cory Booker. On Monday, Booker officially suspended his campaign for president of the United States, per reports from Breitbart News. The end of Booker’s candidacy came after multiple attempts to raise funds, the launch of an unsuccessful super PAC, and repeated cheap shots at President Trump.
Why Booker Ended His Candidacy
Poor polling numbers, failure to qualify for Democrat debates, and the ongoing impeachment proceedings that are set to take place in the Senate each played a role in Booker’s demise.
Due to failure to meet the DNC’s threshold, the senator didn’t appear on the debate stage in December and he wasn’t set to qualify for this month’s debate either. For a candidate who already struggled enough with consistently low numbers in the polls, absence from the debates wasn’t doing Booker any favors.
With the decision to end his presidential campaign came an email to his supporters. In this email, Booker admitted that the “business of impeachment” will force him to remain in Washington, thus cutting off opportunities to campaign for office. The now-former 2020 Democrat moreover explained to supporters that a lack of funds combined with failure to qualify for debates sabotaged his ability to “scale up.”
A Long Time Coming
The eventual end of Booker’s presidential campaign was never a matter of “if,” but of “when.” Throughout his time in the race, the senator did not manage to significantly rise or garner support to rival the likes of Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and other leading Democrat candidates. Right now, Booker has yet to come out and endorse any of his now-previous rivals.
“Cory Booker” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore
Socialist politics and candidates will never win. The policies which Booker stood for were intrusive, invasive, and inherently antithetical to freedom and liberty. He couldn’t rally his own base and he certainly wouldn’t have been able to rally Americans of all political backgrounds.
Towards the final days of his campaign, Cory Booker made no bones about going after President Trump. Following the end of the former’s campaign, the president had some words for the senator via Twitter.
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