MANCHESTER, NH (AP) – New Jersey Senator Cory Booker praised the President on his handling of the pandemic and accused Republicans of spreading disinformation while headlining a fundraiser Democratic Party fundraiser in New Hampshire on Saturday.
Booker spoke to several hundred loyal Democrats who gathered in Manchester for the first major in-person New Hampshire Democratic Party event since the start of the pandemic, according to WMUR-TV. A virtual option was available for those who did not attend in person.
Booker called President Joe Biden a “man of towering decency” who has worked hard to deal with the pandemic and help American workers with programs like the Child Tax Credit. He said Republicans were more interested in spreading lies and misinformation than in encouraging people to get vaccinated and get vaccinated.
Republicans “hate Anthony Fauci more than they love and sorrow for the loss of 800,000 Americans,” Booker said, referring to America’s leading infectious disease expert. He urged Democrats to unite as a “party of us”, not “a party of me.”
After Booker announced his intention to run at the party fundraiser in the state that traditionally hosts the country’s first presidential primary election, his team sought to calm the gossip that he was positioning himself to run in 2024. The Allies say he is very close to Vice President Kamala Harris and would not challenge her in the event Biden retires. The president announced that he would run for re-election.
Booker said during the fundraiser that he was running for president “of the Maggie Hassan fan club,” referring to New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, who is running for re-election. Hassan, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Chris Pappas also spoke at the event.
The State Party said the event was a combination of its two main annual fundraising events, the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner and the Eleanor Roosevelt dinner.
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