Presidential candidate visits the library

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker visited the Colleton County Civic Center on Saturday Jan. 4. Booker addressed the audience with pleas for support in the November presidential election. Booker, 50, has been a U.S. senator from New Jersey since 2013 and is a member of the Democratic Party. The first African American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, he was previously the mayor of Newark from 2006-2013. Campaigning on the ideals of love, unity and equality, Booker’s poll numbers are only at two percent. He has been traveling through several states, including South Carolina, hoping to gain momentum in the presidential race. Booker said that he can make a difference in the nation by initiating a gun-licensing plan that is similar to a driver’s license. He is against mass incarceration for criminals and wants to develop a sweeping clemency program, and he has also proposed a “baby bonds” program which would give every American child a $1,000 savings account at birth. According to Booker, the government would contribute additional money each year on a tiered basis depending on family income. The account would be opened when the child turns 18 so that it can be used on education or housing. Booker does not detail how the government will fund this program. Booker plans to continue traveling throughout the Southeast to garner more votes for his race to the White House.

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