WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker joined most of his Senate Democratic colleagues in supporting President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
But he was in the minority when he added his name to legislation to ban U.S. companies from joining an international boycott of Israel.
In fact, Booker, D-N.J., is the only U.S. senator mentioned as a prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to co-sponsor the bill. In all, just 14 of 49 Democrats (including U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who broke with his party and opposed the Iran deal) joined 42 of 51 Republicans in supporting the measure. A similar House bill is backed by 293 of 435 representatives, though not Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who also is mentioned in conversations about 2020.
They weigh votes and money. Booker is just more up front about it – perhaps he has assurances from the DNC/Obama/Democratic Party that this will not hurt his chances of being awarded the nomination. Or someone else has promised a huge campaign contribution.