VIDEO: Sen. Booker responds to question from 13-year-old reporter
After the debate Thursday night, some of the candidates got a chance to continue their on-stage discussions backstage. There, Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ answered a question from a 13-year-old reporter on climate change.
"With so many young people eligible to vote in the 2020 election in their main concern is the climate crisis why are you really truly best for the job?" the 13-year-old from California asked.
"I know that this is an existential crisis on the crunch of time 10 years, 25 years from now it’s affected communities right now temperatures going up. As a guy who lives in a vulnerable inner-city community it’s exasperating asthma rates and other respiratory diseases. I’ve visited with vulnerable communities like Native American communities in Louisiana who are already being evacuated because of sea level rise. I feel urgency on this issue every single day because I know it’s going to hurt the most vulnerable populations in our country first and they’re already feeling that pain. So I know that the people that are going to shape this fight will be young people whether they can vote or not this is a fight that we all must be a part of and I believe I’m the best person not just to fight this fight but to excite and energize unity. It’s not a partisan fight but a national cause that we not only deal with this issue in our country but leave the planet getting this crisis in the history books for our future."