Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker touted the Democrats’ 2012 platform as the convention kicked off in Charlotte as a document of “justness and fairness to protect against ills that destabilize the economy.”
“Our platform is crafted by Democrats, but it is not about partisanship,” Booker said. “It’s about pragmatism. It’s not about left or right but about moving America and our economy forward.”
The mayor went all out for President Obama this evening after a May controversy following Booker’s criticism as “nauseating” an Obama campaign ad that attacked Mitt Romney over Bain Capital.
Booker received a standing ovation from the Charlotte crowd, though, and earned more cheers as he promoted the tenets of the Democrats’ beliefs and moved for adoption of the platform.
“We must grow together as a nation or be a country of savage disparities that favor the fortunate few,” he said. “We must choose forward. We must choose inclusion.”
“Being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare, it’s patriotism,” Booker continued. “Let us not fall prey to the rhetoric that seeks to gut investment.”
The mayor had just as much praise for the president as the platform, saying both “are not interested in petty political arguments.”
In a full-page ad in the DNC New Jersey delegates’ directory, Booker urged Democrats to “Re-Elect President Barak Obama” — missing the “c.”