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February 12, 2016

Rush Holt: ‘I’m No Cory Booker’ (Video)

Rep. Rush D. Holt of New Jersey says he’s “no Cory Booker” in an introductory video to launch his new Senate campaign website.

Booker, the mayor of Newark, is the heavy favorite in the four-candidate Democratic primary on Aug. 13. Holt’s video concedes that fact and attempts to explain why he would “run for Senate against Cory Booker.”

“I don’t have a million Twitter followers, I’ve never run into a burning building and I’m not friends with Mark Zuckerberg, though I did like him on Facebook,” says Holt, a rocket scientist. “I’m a teacher, a scientist, and my most famous moment was beating the computer in ‘Jeopardy.'”

After going through the programs and issues he’s fought for in Congress, Holt concludes the two-minute video by saying he’ll “beat Cory Booker and win this campaign the same way I beat Watson in ‘Jeopardy’ — one answer at a time.”

The other two Democrats running in the special election to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg are Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and state Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver. The winner will be favored against the Republican nominee in the Oct. 16 general election.

  • matthew d lyons

    Irrespective of where you come down, or who you support, I think that was a pretty good. He took a few shots, but nothing too vitriolic. He even made a joke about himself (rocket scientist).

  • kind67

    It’s a very impressive ad from a very impressive candidate but I think it really appeals most to his base in central New Jersey and it makes people throughout the state more aware of him but I don’t think it’s going to do much for him in Newark and Jersey City and I think he will eventually have to get some votes there if he is going to win statewide office in the future. But I’m very high on him and if people want intelligent people in government then he will be in good shape–I’m not so sure people want smart people in elected office, but I hope I’m wrong about that.

  • Allan Richardson

    I assume that “beating the computer in Jeopardy” means beating the Jeopardy web site while playing at home, since the two champions who tried to beat the WATSON computer on the show were defeated. Even though WATSON got the wrong answer to the Final Jeopardy clue, going outside the category (the clue was: this U.S. city’s two busiest airports are named for a World War II hero and a World War II battle; WATSON answered “what is Toronto?” and the correct answer is “what is Chicago” referring to O’hare and Midway).

    But if I were in his state, I would gladly vote for anyone who plays Jeopardy at home, even if he, like me, had never been asked to be on the program. Better than someone who TRIES to be stupid to fit in with a voter base of people who TRY to be stupid.

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