- The Washington Times
Monday, May 6, 2019

Cory Booker says an appeal to “patriotism” should be enough to convince Americans that higher taxes and his leadership are needed in 2020.

The New Jersey Democrat told CNN’s Jake Tapper over the weekend that Americans who want “the best for the country” can be convinced that ousting President Trump and raising taxes are economically good ideas as election season heats up.

“What do you say to somebody who says, ‘yeah, I’m not crazy about Trump, but the economy has done so much better and Republicans keep telling me, the Democratic nominee is going the raise my taxes and he is talking about raising taxes, so that might hurt the economy, hurt my bottom line,’” Mr. Tapper asked the presidential hopeful over the weekend. “What’s the counterargument?”

“We live in a nation with far more patriotism than people are expressing,” the Democrat replied Saturday from his home in Newark. “What I mean is folks want the best for the country. We know if your family doesn’t have a great public school, great health care, we’re all suffering and creating greater costs. … We’re all hurting because we have not envisioned an economy that invests in each other.”

Mr. Booker’s comments come against a political backdrop in which the unemployment rate — the lowest since December 1969 — sits at 3.6%.

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