“From Georgia to Pennsylvania, people have real stark choices. Out in Arizona, they have choices between somebody that wants to preserve our democracy, bring people together, versus a type of random brand of politics really that undermines our democracy,” Booker said.
Booker pushed back on host Martha Raddatz’s argument that Democrats have failed take into account how many Americans are worried about the economy.
“I’m looking at Tip O’Neill saying all politics is local,” Booker said, referring to a former House speaker, “and when I stood with House members who are running for reelection and senators, I know what their messaging is. I know what their closing argument is: Is that when this country is going through tough times, whether it’s a pandemic or inflation rising, who is really going to have your family’s back?”
A total of 35 U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs this year, 21 of which are now controlled by Republicans.
Senate races in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and New Hampshire are all considered toss-ups, with races in Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado considered very close. Races in Washington state, Iowa, Utah and Florida are also seen as worth watching for potential surprises.