NJ Politics Digest: Booker Says He Wouldn’t Run for VP on All-Male Ticket

Cory Booker said he wouldn't accept an offer to run as vice president if the candidate at the top of the ticket was also a man.

Sen. Cory Booker.
Sen. Cory Booker. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Cory Booker has so far lagged in polling in his efforts to win the Democratic presidential nomination. But Booker is saying he wouldn’t accept an offer to run as vice president if the candidate at the top of the ticket was also a man.

As Politico reports, Booker said the Democrats need a diverse ticket and therefore he’d be unwilling to accept an offer from a male presidential nominee. Booker said he was also opposed to the Democrats putting up an all-white ticket—again in the interests of diversity.

There are currently six women seeking the party’s nomination for president, with senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren considered among the strongest candidates in the field.

Booker made his comments in answer to a question of whether or not he would accept an offer from to join the ticket if former Vice President Joe Biden won the party’s nomination. Booker and the former vice president have been feuding over Biden’s rhetoric around how he worked with segregationist senators on unrelated policy issues even while he was opposed to their beliefs on race.

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NJ Politics Digest: Booker Says He Wouldn’t Run for VP on All-Male Ticket