Charles Booker to Challenge Rand Paul with Sanders and AOC Support

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Former Kentucky representative Charles Booker announced he will run for the Senate seat of incumbent Rand Paul (R-KY), while Biden will visit collapsed condo in Florida, and more stories in Democratic politics.

Charles Booker to run against Rand Paul for Senate, endorsed by Bernie Sanders, AOC

Former Kentucky representative Charles Booker announced that he will be running for Senate, competing for the seat currently occupied by Republican Rand Paul. Booker will hold a small rally on Thursday.

“Let’s make freedom ring. Real freedom, from the hood to the holler,” Booker wrote on Twitter. “We can start by taking our seat back from Rand Paul. I’m running.”

“The people of Kentucky are my family,” Booker said in his campaign announcement video, WLKY-CBS reported. “One thing I was taught is that you fight for family. We can make freedom ring true, we can make it ring for everyone, we can make a future where Breonna’s door isn’t kicked in, we can make freedom mean that every community across Kentucky is thriving.”

Earlier this week, ahead of the announcement, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed Booker, the Courier Journal reported. Minutes later, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also voiced her endorsement.

Biden travels to Surfside to meet with families and first responders

President Joe Biden is traveling to Surfside, Florida on Thursday to meet with first responders and families of those killed and/or missing in the partial collapse of a beachside condominium, ABC reported. Biden will make remarks at 3:50 PM EDT. At least eighteen people were killed in the collapse. Thursday marks the eighth day of search and rescue efforts.

However, rescue efforts were halted on Thursday due to concerns over the stability of the remaining structure, according to officials, WISH-TV reported.

House approves new select committee to investigate Jan. 6 riot

In a mostly party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved legislation to create a select committee to launch a new inquiry on the January 6 storming of the US capitol. Despite a larger share of Republicans voting against the plan, the measure passed by a 222-190 vote, NPR reported.

“We have a duty to the Constitution and to the American people to find the truth of Jan. 6 and to ensure that such an assault on our democracy can never happen again,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Trump ranks in bottom 4 presidents of all time, historian survey

A survey of presidential historians by C-SPAN, found that while Donald Trump was not the worst president in US history, he was among the bottom four.

The top four presidents were:

  1. Abraham Lincoln.
  2. George Washington.
  3. Franklin D Roosevelt.
  4. Theodore Roosevelt.

The bottom four presidents were:

  1. Donald Trump.
  2. Franklin Pierce.
  3. Andrew Johnson.
  4. James Buchanan.

Other notables: #8 John F. Kennedy; #9 Ronald Reagan; #10 Barack Obama; #19 Bill Clinton.