Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker received a long ovation and chants of “Cory, Cory” after giving a rousing presentation of the Democratic Party platform Tuesday.
At the rhetorical climax of the speech, Booker chanted “This is our platform” three times. It was a striking difference from fellow New Jerseyan Chris Christie, who gave the keynote speech last week at the Republican National Convention. Christie told New Jersey Public Radio that he didn’t care about the Republican platform. And his speech largely focused on himself, which was mocked in the days after as a “me-note.”
Booker’s not-quite-prime-time speech laid out a blueprint for Democratic Party issues, some of them tried and true, and some an attempt to wrestle the fiscal responsibility mantel away from Republicans. The platform includes a promise to cut federal spending, reduce the federal deficit, cut taxes and support small businesses. But Booker got the biggest applause for long-time party principles, such as taxing the wealthy.
“When your country is in a costly war with our soldiers sacrificing abroad, and our nation is facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare, it’s patriotism,” Booker shouted.
Booker told the crowd that no matter one’s religion, race, sexuality or nation of origin, all citizens have a right to prosperity.
"You should be able to find a job that pays the bills. You should be able to afford health care for your family. You should be able to retire with dignity and respect,” Booker said.
The speech was 11 minutes long and included three ovations that lasted more than 30 seconds.