Cory Booker Endorses Biden for President, Says He’ll “Restore Honor”

Former 2020 candidate Cory Booker has endorsed Joe Biden for President.

Booker tweeted:

he answer to hatred & division is to reignite our spirit of common purpose.

@JoeBiden won’t only win – he’ll show there’s more that unites us than divides us. He’ll restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe.

Per Wapo, Booker had  attacked Biden several times when he was still a candidate himself. Here is one exchange from the July DNC debate in 2019.

Booker: “. . . It’s no secret that I inherited a criminal — a police department with massive problems and decades-long challenges.

He pivoted quickly to Biden: “We have a system right now that’s broken. And if you want to compare records — and, frankly, I’m shocked that you do, I am happy to do that. Because all the problems that he is talking about, that he created, I actually led the bill that got passed into law that reverses the damage that your bills that you were, frankly — to correct you, Mr. Vice President — you were bragging, calling it the Biden crime bill, up until 2015.”

Biden: “Number one, the bill he talks about is a bill that in my — our administration, we passed.

“. . . There was nothing done for the entire eight years he was mayor, there was nothing done to deal with the police department that was corrupt. Why did you announce on the first day a zero-tolerance policy of stop-and-frisk and hire Rudy Giuliani’s guy in 2007, when I was trying to get rid of the crack cocaine disparity?”

Booker: “Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community, you’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor. You need to come to the city of Newark and see the reforms that we put in place. The New Jersey head of the ACLU has said that I embraced reforms not just in action, but in deeds.

“Sir, you are trying to shift the view from what you created. There are people right now in prison for life for drug offenses because you stood up and used that “tough on crime” phony rhetoric that got a lot of people elected but destroyed communities like mine. This isn’t about the past, sir. This is about the present right now. I believe in redemption.”