Cory Booker fails to qualify for next week's Democratic presidential debate

David Caplan
December 12, 2019 - 1:56 pm

Wendy Williams


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Cory Booker does not qualify for next Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, but the New Jersey senator-turned-2020 candidate claims he still has a path to "victory."

Booker has met the threshold of donors required to qualify but he has yet to hit the polling qualifications — either 4 percent support in at least four polls or 6 percent support in two early-state polls. Thursday was the dealing to meet the thresholds. 

“Today is the deadline for the DNC’s December debate qualifying threshold — and while I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there’s a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there,” he tweeted. 

In a subsequent tweet, he didn't sound like he's going anywhere, though. 

“I’m not sticking around for vanity or ego — I’m in this to win it because I believe I’m the best candidate to beat Donald Trump and lead this country to higher ground,” he wrote.

Earlier this week in Iowa, Booker slammed the Democratic party for allowing “elites" and “money" to control who gets on stage. 

“Iowa never lets elites decide," he told a crowd at his campaign office in Cedar Rapids on Sunday. “Let's let Iowa have another comeback story.”