Cory Booker, who has been called “the most overtly Christian Democratic presidential candidate since Jesse Jackson and perhaps even Jimmy Carter,” announced his plans to run for president at his home church.
According to The Atlantic reporter, Isaac Dovere, Booker’s pastor, Reverend Dr. David Jefferson, and the congregation at New Jersey’s Metropolitan Baptist Church, prayed for the U.S. Senator’s consecration, guidance and direction.
“I just feel this sense of [being] blessed,” Booker told Dovere outside the chapel, after he’d finished all the hugs and selfies. “A quiet confidence about the road ahead, every risk I’ve taken, every leap into the unknown, God’s always blessed me with people who are there, who are here, who’ve allowed me to be used for something much larger than myself.”
Booker’s Friday announcement declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.”
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