Booker announced his decision Sunday Kentucky Educational Television
, launching its intense red state that could find common ground on crucial issues.
“The truth of the matter is that we have a lot more in common than otherwise,” Booker said. “And there are struggles I’ve experienced in the far west of Louisville that aren’t partisan: they ration my insulin, they see my lights cut off, they don’t have a place to stay, they see loved ones fighting addiction to drugs and looking at the exit of jobs our community will never come back. ”
Amy McGrath Booker narrowly won
in the 2020 Senate Democratic primaries, with a massive fundraising operation, arm support from the Senate Democratic campaign, a number of unions and others who were drawn to his background as a former fighter pilot.
But Booker’s offer from the left, which made public its support for the Green New Deal (referred to as the “Kentucky New Deal”), universal basic income and “Medicare for All,” the support of progressive leaders across the country. He emerged as a national voice during protests over police brutality and racial injustice following the police killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky
Last year, Booker, then the youngest black legislator in Kentucky, aged 35 and from one of the poorest zip codes in the state, argued that his message was tailored exclusively to the moment.
McGrath only beat Booker by a few points, and finally lost to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell
for almost 20.
This story has been updated on Monday with additional news.