Democratic Convention 2012

Cory Booker Kicks off DNC, Saying Platform Moves America Forward

Everybody is saying forward a lot.

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Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., rallied Democrats on Tuesday night to kick off the party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C.—urging delegates and others in the crowd to back the party platform, which he said will move America forward with investment in education, fair taxation and other policy goals.

To the cheers of "Cory, Cory, Cory," Booker roared through a roughly 10-minute speech that focused almost exclusively on energizing the hundreds inside the Time Warner Cable Arena and getting delegates to approve the platform, which they promptly did in a voice vote.