Cory Booker Fires Up Democrats in Charlotte

Newark mayor is making the rounds, sparking speculation about 2016

Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

The 2012 Democratic platform is a mind-numbing 70 pages of policy proposals, but Cory Booker made it exciting. In an energetic speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Newark mayor fired up the crowd in a fiery address announcing the party's platform.

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"Being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare, it's patriotism," he said, in a line that elicited roaring applause and chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

The idea of raising income taxes for the richest Americans is a part of the Democratic Party platform: "In order to reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need in education, research, infrastructure, and clean energy, the President has asked for the wealthiest taxpayers to pay their fair share." the document reads.

Booker also promoted the party as inclusive, highlighting platform planks like same-sex marriage rights by linking them to the concept of economic opportunity.

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"It is our most fundamental national aspiration that no matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American—first generation or fifth—one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents—that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills," he said.

Though Booker is in town to boost the party and the president, there is also buzz that he is here for some self-promotion. The mayor has spoken to several state delegations this week, including the Iowa delegation, spurring buzz about a 2016 bid for the presidency. He is joined in Charlotte by other 2016 prospects, including Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Danielle Kurtzleben is a reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at

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