Cory Booker: U.S. Senate Hopeful Mike Espy Is South's Rising Star | 7/21/2018 | Staff
#JACKSON, Miss. — No U.S. Senate race in the country could be more of a game changer in 2018 than the one Democrat Mike Espy is running for the seat vacated by former Sen. Thad Cochran, U.S. Sen Cory Booker, D-N.J., said in Jackson late Friday afternoon.

#The high-profile senator, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., made the declaration during a press event with Espy at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.

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#"That is the star that I see rising in the South," Booker said, gesturing toward former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Espy. "That is the hope that this nation must have in Washington, D.C. And God willing, the people of Mississippi willing, we will have Mike Espy as the next United States senator."

#Booker was a special guest at an event at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in February, billed as an alternative grand opening to the original launch in December 2017 when Gov. Phil Bryant invited President Donald Trump, causing many black politicians to boycott the event, and the stage to be dominated by white Republicans.

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#The senator from New Jersey said Friday that he came back to Mississippi knowing that he will not agree with a southern Democrat like Espy on everything. But, he said he believes that Espy has the "spirit of goodness and kindness and decency" that he believes is needed in Washington in order to bridge the partisan divide and address issues like infrastructure, healthcare and poverty.

#"These problems are not going to be solved the Democratic way or the Republican way—they must be solved the American way," Booker said. "And this is a state that deserves to have that kind of patriot—the kind of patriot that Mike...
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