“I’m strongly considering a run for the United States Senate in 2022 because I believe our work is not done and we have the ability to tell a new story for Kentucky," Booker said Sunday on Kentucky Educational Television.
Booker said he'll decide soon whether to enter the campaign.
Booker seized momentum late in last year's Democratic Senate primary on the strength of a “Hood to the Holler" campaign that highlighted the common interests of Black Democrats in the cities and middle- and low-income white people in the mountains of eastern Kentucky — which he collectively has defined as “people in forgotten places.” His effort caught fire late in the campaign but fell just short and he lost to Amy McGrath, who had significant financial support from beyond the state's borders. McGrath lost to Republican Mitch McConnell in November.
Booker would face an uphill fight against Paul in Republican-trending Kentucky. Paul, a former presidential candidate, is a libertarian-leaning Republican with a strong national brand.
“Those things aren't partisan,” Booker said. “We just allow national politics to dictate the narrative, and people like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have told us we're divided.”