Sen. Cory Booker calls for party unity at DNC, adds 'we are called to be a nation of love'

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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Watch New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's full speech at the DNC.

PHILADELPHIA -- Cory Booker called for the Democratic party to unite around Hillary Clinton - and the Democratic senator from New Jersey says Clinton would be a champion for the poor as president.

He says Clinton would measure America's greatness not by the number of millionaires and billionaires, but by how few people are living in poverty.

"Hillary knows when workers make a fair wage, it doesn't just help their families, it builds a stronger, more durable economy that expands opportunity and makes all of us Americans wealthier," Booker said.

Booker says the country doesn't always have to agree, but the U.S. can't became a place "where our highest aspiration is that we just tolerate each other."

"We are not called to be a nation of tolerance, we are called to be a nation of love," he said.

** Watch the Booker's full speech in the video player above (note: it's 20 minutes long) **

He said the country cannot be seduced into cynicism about our politics.

"Here in Philadelphia, let us declare again that we will be a free people. Free from fear and intimidation," Booker said. "Let us declare again that we are a nation of interdependence, and that in America love always trumps hate. Let us declare, so that generations yet unborn can hear us. We are the United States of America; our best days are ahead of us."

Booker also champions debt-free college, which he says represents the best of the Democratic party.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.