Will Superdelegates decide this election?
Cory Booker is the junior United States senator from New Jersey. He was born in Washington, D.C., and his parents, who both worked for IBM, later relocated the family to Harrington Park, New Jersey. A star high school athlete, Booker received a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before earning his law degree from Yale University. Booker won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg to become New Jersey’s first African American senator and only the twenty-first person in American history to ascend directly from mayor to senator. Booker lives in Newark’s Central Ward. His book, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, gives an account of his own political education that have shaped his particular civic vision for America.
Cory Booker: Yes. Yes, even though I am trying to become a superdelegate--I am just a delegate now. I want to get my cake for crying out loud. I want to get my superpowers. Yeah, of course I am. I worry about anything that is gonna be perceived to threaten the legitimacy of the process within our party. And it'll be problematic but at the end of the day there are the Democratic voters who become cynical about the process because they believe it wasn't fair. And that's a real legitimate worry. But we are far away from that, and I think that the leadership within Democratic Party understands that as well. And I have faith that the right will prevail, and I am also am, thank God, a part of the process now, that I can at least let my voice be heard as we hopefully go to that end.
Recorded on: 3/11/08
Booker worries about anything that will threaten the legitimacy of the process within the Democratic Party.