Cory Booker, burning building: Can the future Senator still be a headline hero in Washington?

Can Senator Cory Booker Still Run Into Burning Buildings?

Interviews with people who shape our culture.
Sept. 6 2013 2:55 PM

Can a Senator Run Into a Burning Building?

Cory Booker on how his headline-grabbing heroics can survive in Washington.

If Cory Booker is elected to the Senate, what happens to the dog-rescuing, proposal-saving, burning-house-charging mayor who has romanced the nation’s headlines? In Part 3 of his interview, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg predicts that the Senate will put strain on Booker’s famous relationship with his constituents—a sentiment Booker doesn’t share.

Watch Part 1 of Weisberg’s interview about the gay-baiting headlines in Booker’s Senate race, and Part 2, in which Booker points to at least one issue he thinks he can get Democrats and Republicans can work together to fix. On Monday, look for the final installment on Booker’s triumphs and failures as mayor of Newark, N.J.

Videos curated by Slate staff.

  Slate Plus
Working
March 30 2015 11:32 AM The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Transcript What’s it like to manage the U.N.’s Ebola response? Read a transcript of Adam Davidson’s conversation with the assistant secretary-general for field support.