The Democratic presidential candidate, Cory Booker, promised Saturday to "fight" against the National Rifle Association (NRA), calling for a series of gun control reforms as part of the launch of a city natale for a national campaign tour.
"We will not wait for more thoughts and prayers for the communities affected by the Pittsburgh armed violence in Parkland via Charleston," he told the crowd in Newark, where he was mayor for seven years. years before becoming a senator. "We will pass universal background checks, ban assault weapons and close loopholes allowing people who should never have a gun to get one."
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"And people, we're going to get the NRA to fight like they've never seen it before – and we're going to win," he said.
Booker's remarks mark the beginning of a two-week tour across America for the hope of 2020, which at times has struggled to distinguish itself from the large group of Democrats seeking party approval and who languished at a number in the polls.
Saturday, Booker launched the rallying cry "We can not wait," describing its political goals, including fighting climate change, adopting a comprehensive immigration reform ending "mass incarcerations" and facilitating the federal legalization of marijuana.
He also called on national unity and the Democrats to fight "from the heights" in an increasingly partisan and often toxic political environment.
"Critics will tell us that a campaign fueled by grace and love and deep faith in one another" can not prevail, said Booker. "But I say that's the only way to win." The president wants a run to drift and fight us in the trench.To win, we have to fight from heights to bring this country more above. "
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At the rally, he put forward his own bipartisan references, namely the criminal justice reform bill he had worked on, which had been promulgated by President Trump last year. He is likely to continue promoting this work when he travels to states such as Iowa, Georgia and Nevada as part of his tour.
While Booker had so far failed to generate the kind of buzz followed by candidates such as Beto O'Rouke and Pete Buttigieg, his collaborators said the campaign's philosophy provided some basis. This philosophy? "You have to organize and get hot in the end."
"We are not building this campaign to win a poll in April 2019. We are trying to win the elections in February 2020, in March 2020, in April 2020. It's a long race where there will be a lot of ups and downs. down, "said Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie this week at Fox News.
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The campaign focuses the bulk of its firepower on Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The four states will launch the primary and caucus calendar in February and can give a crucial boost to the next primaries.
"We built our operation with the intention of having the largest operation in the United States at the beginning of the primary calendar," he said.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.