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‘So much is at stake’: Why Cory Booker has shed his nice guy image in Brett Kavanaugh hearings

September 5, 2018

By Staff

When Cory Booker arrived in Washington, he dined with Ted Cruz, talked criminal justice reform with Rand Paul, and tried to make good on a campaign pledge to pursue common ground and choose “pragmatism over partisanship.”

Times have changed, and now the first-term New Jersey Democrat and former Newark mayor — who built his political brand on positivity and the power of love — has put on the gloves. As the nation tunes into the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Booker has at times adopted a newly confrontational approach that’s likely to resonate with a resistance-fueled Democratic base.

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