Sen. Cory Booker’s girlfriend Rosario Dawson wants him to show more of his personality while he campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New Jersey senator said Wednesday.
“She’s the best. Because she lifts me up and she also gives me some incredibly good constructive criticism at the end,” Booker said of the actress and activist to CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
“Look, she wants more of me,” he said after Berman asked what some of the criticism was. “She says I’m at my best when I show my humor. Let people feel my spirit. Because the issues are really important but at the end of the day, this country needs someone who brings a spirit of civility and spirit of, frankly, unity.”
“She just said have more fun, relax even more and let people see that spirit,” he added.
The comments came hours after Booker joined 11 of his rivals at the fourth primary debate, hosted on Tuesday by CNN and The New York Times in Westerville, Ohio. Though Booker has participated in the previous debates, Tuesday night’s marked Dawson’s first time at a debate this cycle. The senator told Berman that it was good to have her present and noted that she “has a great relationship” with the other candidates.
Dawson co-founded the Hispanic voter outreach organization Voto Latino and appeared in several hit movies such as “Men in Black II” and “Rent.” Earlier this year, she confirmed rumors that she was dating Booker, who had previously said he was dating “somebody really special.”