Cory Booker ‘Unequivocally’ Rules Out 2016 Bid

August 1, 2013 9:58 a.m.

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D) said Thursday that he will not be a candidate — for president or vice president — in 2016.

“Absolutely yes, unequivocally,” Booker told Politico’s Maggie Haberman when asked if he would rule himself out as a presidential or vice presidential candidate.

It may be more surprising that Booker took the step of ruling himself out as a vice presidential nominee, as many pegged him as a potentially strong running mate. He was included in most polls that tested the 2016 field, but rarely registered more than 10 percent support — miles behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Booker is the overwhelming favorite to win the special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey this year.

Another long-shot 2016 contender, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), also ruled out a 2016 bid recently.

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