U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., addresses a gathering during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Latest: Booker sees 'lot of pathways' on health care

February 16, 2019 - 11:14 am

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Sen. Cory Booker is among several Democratic presidential contenders who back universal health insurance coverage, but he's acknowledging that compromise may be necessary to get major health care legislation through the Senate.

Booker told voters in New Hampshire on Saturday there are a "lot of pathways" to achieving the increasingly popular Democratic goal. He said supporters of so-called Medicare for All are "going to have to find ways to advance the ball given the Congress that we have."

Booker was speaking at a question-and-answer session in Portsmouth, a Democratic-leaning town. He is spending three days in New Hampshire, which casts the first votes in the 2020 primary.

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10:40 a.m.

Sen. Cory Booker is kicking off his first visit to New Hampshire with a personal touch, sharing his family's story with about 100 voters in the Democratic-leaning town of Portsmouth.

Booker is one of five sitting Democratic senators already running in the jam-packed 2020 presidential primary, but his optimistic message of unity promises to set him apart from others in the field.

He recalled his parents' struggle to buy a home in a majority-white neighborhood in New Jersey in 1969 and urged the crowd to "put that indivisible back in this one nation under God."

Booker is set to make five more stops during three days in New Hampshire, which casts the first votes in the 2020 primary next year.

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8:05 a.m.

Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters.

Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris of California is spending her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina. That's where Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is starting out before heading to Georgia — an unusual stop for a presidential candidate this early in the election cycle.

Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of New York have events planned in another critical early-voting state, New Hampshire.

Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) of Minnesota is also making an uncommon choice for early campaigning by visiting Wisconsin before going to Iowa, home to the nation's leadoff caucuses.