Many people are wondering if a single man can be President of the United States, especially with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker now in the race. Well, the senator wants you to know that he is all the way booed up.
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In an interview on “The Breakfast Club” on Tuesday, Booker was asked by Charlamagne Tha God about his relationship status. “You don’t want to marry somebody now. Once you start getting hot, you might become president? She might just want you for that.”
Booker chuckled, “No, before I declared president, I’m dating somebody really special.”
“Oh! So Cory Booker got a boo?” Charlamagne quizzed.
Part of the reason why Booker’s relationship status has been in question is that he’s been accused of being gay since former Newark Mayor Sharpe James made up the rumor (along with aniother that Booker took money from the KKK) when they were campaigning against each other in 2002. The rumor, which is rooted in homophobia, stuck for years.
In December, Booker told The Philadelphia Inquirer, “I’m heterosexual.” He added, “Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country.”
But will the American public be open to an unmarried president? The last man who wasn’t married that was elected as a president was Governor Grover Cleveland of New York who defeated Republican James G. Blaine of Maine in 1884. However, two years into being in office, he married a 21-year-old Frances Folsom Cleveland.
Booker also told the Inquirer, “Clearly the norms of family relationships have been changed dramatically as you’ve seen people across this country being elected to offices with all different kinds of family situations, including the president who has had three spouses,” he said. “So I think a lot of that conventional thought on that doesn’t apply.”
He continued, “I’m going to run on who I am, whether that’s running for reelection [to the Senate] or running for president. I’ve always trusted the voters enough to evaluate me on the content of my character, quality of my ideas, and my ability to do the job.”
Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are currently the most talked about candidates running for president.