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Hey Senator Cory Booker, is a hot dog a sandwich?

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in early September.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in early September.
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Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Welcome to Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race.


Cory Booker is the junior Senator representing New Jersey, served as Mayor of Newark for seven years, and is currently running for President. He’s also vegan. While you might consider a candidate’s dietary choices outside the scope of relevancy—we certainly wouldn’t—animal welfare is actually a tenet of Booker’s campaign. A tangible goal provided on his website: to “stop the export of U.S. horses for human consumption.”

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As we have with other Presidential candidates, The Takeout put forth to Booker the most pressing question of our age. As his staff informs us Booker is extremely busy with obligations like debate prep and campaigning, they were only able to issue the following statement on his behalf, and have not responded to The Takeout’s follow-up questions.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Cory Booker: Some may ask whether a vegan is qualified to pass judgment on this question. But it doesn’t take decades of meat-eating experience to know this truth: A hot dog is not a sandwich.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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Cory Booker’s looking to wrap his campaign in the next week if he can’t hit a fundraising goal. Maybe his bad take on what makes a hot dog a hot dog is part of the problem, maybe it’s not, but who can know for sure? Let’s poll a bunch of randos in Iowa to find out.