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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is trying to overcome doubts that he is too close to the pharmaceutical industry ahead of an expected presidential campaign, The Hill says. The progressive criticism reached a crescendo in early 2017 when he voted against a budget amendment calling for importing drugs from abroad. But last week, Booker attempted to show he is tough on drug companies, appearing alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a potential presidential rival, at a press conference on lowering drug prices.

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