When the most important part of your presidential campaign is criminal justice reform, it behooves you to suck up to prisoners in hopes that they will tell their family members to vote for you. That’s the state of Senator Cory Booker’s failing campaign as he visited a Las Vegas prison talking policy and fishing for votes.
Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker, who has pushed for criminal justice reform during his campaign, shook hands with women in blue uniforms and standard-issue white sneakers Saturday afternoon at a Las Vegas prison.
After Booker and 18 other Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday participated in a UNLV forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the senator from New Jersey toured the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in the northeast valley.
Booker has failed to register in he upper echelon of Democratic candidates with poll numbers that fluctuate between 0%-3%. When you’re at the bottom, the only place to go is up, at least in theory. But as Booker pushes criminal justice reform to separate himself from the competition, he’s pushing himself further down the list. Even among Democrats, criminal justice reform ranks very low compared to healthcare, climate change, and the border crisis.
It behooves Booker to start making stronger policy proposals on issues other than letting criminals out of jail earlier. But he’s a good debater and scored some points going after frontrunner Joe Biden last election. At least he has that.
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