NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - "Come at me. There's not a question I haven't heard," answered presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker when asked how he would handle questions into his personal life.
He appeared on FOX 5 NY program, 'Good Day New York,' on Friday ahead of a rally in Newark over the weekend to kick off his White House bid.
"We should have thousands of people there. It's going to be one big block party like atmosphere. Starting off at around 9 a.m. It's going to be a fun day. We hope people from the entire region will come and join us tomorrow,' said Booker.
From his relationship with girlfriend actress Rosario Dawson, to a plan to give everyone born in the U.S. $1,000 and to taking on President Donald Trump, Booker responded to a variety of questions.
Booker on low poll numbers:
"It is so early. This poling is about name recognition. We are getting bigger than expected crowds everywhere we go. We got the first endorsement from legislators in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina."
Booker on reparations:
"People hear reparations and jump right to people getting checks written. That's not what it is. I am the Senate sponsor of a bill to bring together the best minds in America to start talking about how we deal with these savage inequalities in our system."
Booker on Rosario Dawson:
"We're just two people in love trying to build a great relationship every single day."
"In my best case scenario I get elected president, I serve to two terms that's just 10 years, 9 years of my life, what I am trying to create with Rosario is something that will last forever."
"Rosario is making me dream even bigger dreams that have nothing to do with my professional life."
Booker on 'baby bonds':
"Anyone born in this country gets a $1,000 interest-bearing account. Every year based on your family's income you get $2K in that account."
"The poorest kids in America will get up to $50K by the time they are 18."
"We can pay for that by reversing these toxic Trump tax cuts that shifted trillions of dollars to the wealthiest Americans; putting the estate tax to where it was and closing a couple more loopholes."
Booker on Green New Deal:
"This is a resolution. We've gotten to a point where a whole bunch of young people have come together to say let's have a bold vision of a green future. Let's start talking about how we can start writing legislation that's even going to do the easiest stuff to do."
Booker on Campaign Rhetoric:
"You don't beat Donald Trump by getting on his turf and showing people the worst of who you are."