Tuesday evening, Indy residents were in for a treat as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D) paid a visit to the IBEW Local 411, where Marion County Democrat volunteers were phone banking in support of the upcoming election.
Booker greeted attendees, took selfies (tons of them) and gave remarks on the current social climate of the nation, as well as the significance of championing the voice of the everyday American.
“We do not come from a country where people sat around, waiting on Washington to get their act together,” he said to the crowd. “If it is to be, it is up to me. We are the people that bent the arc of this country’s history.”
He implored those in attendance to continue volunteering and getting the word out about voting.
Following the event, the Recorder was able to speak with Booker about his thoughts on the election and his own personal future political plans.
“This is the most consequential election of my lifetime. It’s going to determine the president, the Supreme Court and who controls the House,” he said. “Those three bodies are going to determine what the minimum wage is going to be for the next five years. It’ll determine whether or not a woman will lose the right to make her own medical decisions. It’s going to determine whether we have a criminal justice system or a war on drugs that is unjust. It’s going to determine the affordability of college … I could go on and on. This is going to be an election that is profoundly consequential. Not only for the next few years, but for decades to come. This is not one of those elections where you can go, ‘This doesn’t make a difference to me.’ It will.”
In July, Booker gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention that caused many to wonder if he might be interested in the chief position himself. When asked if this is the case, Booker responded in jest. “I have already announced my run for the presidency of the New Jersey Star Trek Association,” he laughed while flashing the famous Vulcan symbol. “I just want you to live long and prosper.”