WASHINGTON (Good Medical) – Update on the announcement by Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., Of his candidacy for the presidency in 2020 (local local time):

3:05 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said he wanted universal health coverage in the United States. But the New Jersey senator said he did not want to eliminate private insurance.

This is one of the differences between Booker and one of his 2020 rivals in the White House, Senator Kamala Harris of California.

She made headlines this week saying that she wanted to expand health insurance to all Americans, which could mean the elimination of private health insurance plans. Such an approach would be politically difficult and would represent a drastic set for the system.

Booker suggests supporting more additional proposals that would expand health insurance, while allowing private insurers to continue to provide coverage.

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2:15 p.m.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said he wanted to help Americans "find common ground".

Booker talks with reporters in Newark a few hours after announcing his intention to run for president. He says the nation needs more "grace" and "less judgment" from its leaders.

The uplifting rhetoric defined Booker's message on Friday. This contrasts with some other Democratic candidates who entered the race by promising a direct and heartbreaking fight against President Donald Trump.

Booker suggested that he knew his message might not resonate with some Democratic voters. But, he says, "love is not easy."

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11:50

US Senator Cory Booker is appealing to the Americans to get together as part of their bid for the presidency of 2020.

The New Jersey Democrat appeared on "The View" live on Friday, asserting to his hosts that he stood as a counterbalance to "a caustic policy" that threatened to divide the country.

Booker has not called President Donald Trump at the source of this "cancer in our country at the moment". Asked about the steps his party would take to combat the detention of immigrant children by the Trump administration, he issued a memo of unity and said: "The question is not what the democrats do, the question is what we do, "referring to all Americans.

Booker is a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey's largest city. He joins several other candidates of color in a diverse democratic primary field. He was first elected to the Senate in 2013 and was re-elected for a full term in 2014.

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10:15

US Senator Cory Booker began to reach out to the main constituencies when he ran for the presidency in 2020.

The New Jersey Democrat announced his candidacy on Friday and called in three popular radio shows from black and Hispanic listeners.

Booker spoke fluent Spanish during his interview with Univision, pledging to work closely with the "Latino community". In another interview, he talked about his support for the legalization of marijuana.

Booker is a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey's largest city. He is the second black candidate in a primary field that is already historically diverse. He says that he wants to unite a nation deeply polarized around a "common goal".

Booker will participate on Friday in "The View", a popular TV talk show with viewers. His mother is planning to sit in the audience.

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7:05

US Senator Cory Booker is running for president in 2020.

The New Jersey Democrat made the announcement Friday in a video message to supporters, highlighting the return of American unity at a time of deep political divisions.

Booker enters a crowded presidential primary field that includes three of his colleagues and may soon include three more. Aged 49, he traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire in October, indicating early on his intention to challenge President Donald Trump.

Booker is a former mayor of Newark. He won a special Senate election in 2013 and a full term in 2014. He will run for a second term in the Senate in 2020 and run for president through a law signed in November by the Governor of New Jersey.