(Image courtesy of the Cory Booker campaign)
DES MOINES, Iowa - New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced Monday he's ending his presidential campaign after failing to qualify for the Democratic debate planned for Tuesday in Des Moines.
The New Jersey Democrat’s announcement came a day before six presidential candidates will take part in the CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom debate at Drake University.
Booker did not qualify for the debate, which comes as the Senate is getting ready for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Booker thanked his staff while announcing his departure from the contest.
It’s with a full heart that I share this news—I’m suspending my campaign for president.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 13, 2020
To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together. pic.twitter.com/Fxvc549vlJ
Booker said his campaign was having trouble raising enough money to be competitive in a letter to supporters on his campaign website.
"Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington," said Booker. "So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field."
Booker centered his campaign on criminal justice reform to end mass incarceration, changing campaign financing laws including ending the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling and addressing gun violence, immigration and women's reproductive rights.