Cory Booker is racing to meet the December 12 deadline to qualify for the December Democratic presidential debate, launching a new digital ad, “Our Common Cause,” in a bid to boost his polling numbers.
Booker needs to hit 4% in national polls, an achievement that appears unlikely at this point. The New Jersey senator has been at 2% to 3% for most of his campaign.
No candidate has ever captured the nomination while still polling under 5% less than three months before the Iowa caucuses.
The campaign has suggested that failure to get on the debate stage would not mean an end to Booker’s national campaign.
Booker has still not announced whether he will seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. A new law passed in 2018 allows him to seek both the Senate and the presidency – or the vice presidency.
The ad features Booker’s voice: “We are at a moral moment in America. Our problems are big, and politicians are trying to pit us against each other. But we know that when people try to tear us apart, we win by standing together. I’m running for President because I believe that if we join together in common cause and common purpose, we can do more than beat Donald Trump, we can build an America where there is opportunity in every community and justice is real for every person. Together, we will take on the biggest challenges, we will heal our country, and we will rise.”
The campaign will spend six-figures on the ad.