Harris Faulkner mistakenly claims Cory Booker has exited 2020 race

November 19, 2019

With nearly two dozen Democratic 2020 candidates still in the presidential race, and with the recent addition of several late entrants to take the place of others who have already exited, it is understandable that someone might momentarily become confused as to who was and who wasn’t still seeking that party’s nomination.

It appears that Fox News host Harris Faulkner had such a moment on Monday when she mistakenly asserted that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) had dropped out of the 2020 race, though she did issue a correction to her false statement a short time later during a different segment of the Outnumbered Overtime program, the Washington Examiner reported.

Candidate confusion

Faulkner’s mistake about the status of Booker came during a discussion with fellow Fox News host Bret Baier about the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Specifically, the two were talking about how and when an impeachment trial would be held in the Senate — in which all sitting senators serve as the jury — and how the handful of Democratic senators running for president would potentially suffer the disadvantage of being pulled off the campaign trail during the crucial primary season to deal with the impeachment effort.

With respect to those Democratic senators who would have to try and balance the trial with their respective campaigns, Faulkner said, “Fewer of them now, as Cory Booker has dropped out.”

Swift correction

Following a separate segment later in the show, Faulkner took a moment to address and correct her earlier mistake about Booker and his status as a candidate in the 2020 race.

“I want to make a correction,” Faulkner said. “I made a mistake. In the last segment, I mistakenly said the name of senator Cory Booker, and that he had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination.”

“He is, of course, still in the contest along with five other senators making a White House bid, which was part of the conversation about the Republican strategy, if you will, to make this go on a little bit longer and sideline some of those potential late-stayers as candidates,” she added. “So, I apologize for the error.”

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Booker’s chances fading fast

Along with Booker, the other Democrat senators still in the running for the 2020 nomination include Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Kamala Harris (CA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), and Michael Bennet (CO).

Politico reported that those six candidates could potentially be anchored in the capitol for an impeachment trial in January or possibly even February at a time when they would otherwise be barnstorming through Iowa and New Hampshire and other early-voting primary states — a dilemma which was the subject of the conversation between Faulkner and Baier.

It is worth noting that while Booker has yet to drop out of the 2020 race, RealClearPolitics has the New Jersey senator ranked in eighth place in the polls with an average of 1.8% support, meaning it is rather unlikely that he will secure the nomination anyhow.


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Ben Marquis

Ben Marquis is a staff writer for Conservative Institute.