Presidential hopeful and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker visited Reno and Minden on Friday. 

He spoke with Douglas County Democrats late in the morning and then met with Washoe County Democrats in Reno in the afternoon. One of his biggest focuses is uniting Americans.

"We are at a crossroads in our country," Booker, D-New Jersey said. "We can go the low road to descending into divisions, more tribalism, or we can decide in this election we're gonna take the high road."

He has four more stops scheduled in Las Vegas on Saturday, including a breakfast at a Baptist church and a dinner at a Chinese restaurant with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. He says he is much more familiar with Clark County because his mother and other relatives live there. His trip to Reno and Minden gave him a chance to learn more northern Nevada.

"I wanted to get into the more rural areas of the state because their issues and their pain points are not unlike those pain points and concerns many folks have," Booker said.

Nevada's February caucuses come third in the presidential nominating process, following the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses. He is one of 18 democrats competing for his party's nomination. He says his experience as a senator and as Newark's mayor gives him valuable perspective and knowledge on things like affordable housing, economic development and health care.

His plan is to expand the earned income tax credit to more Americans, including students and seniors. It would amount to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples.

"We know that if you want to build an economy, give it to working people because you're not putting it in some big bank account," Booker said. "You're actually spending it."

He also has a bill that he says will increase supply of housing and make homes more affordable.

The Republican National Committee released this statement ahead of Booker's visits: 

“Refusing to accept the results of the Mueller report from the very investigation he supported, Cory 'Spartacus' Booker makes his way through  Nevada in typical fringe Democrat fashion with nothing but pledges to cripple our nation’s economy with his agenda of government-run healthcare and skyrocketing taxes. While this may pass the test with his base, it will fail with everyday Nevadan families.” – RNC Spokesperson Christiana Purves 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)