Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) jabbed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE for criticizing his crime-fighting record as mayor of Newark, N.J., turning to his 2020 primary rival on Wednesday and declaring bluntly: “There’s a saying in my community: You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor.”
“It’s no secret that I inherited a police department with massive problems and decades-long challenges. But the head of the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] has already said, the head of the New Jersey ACLU, that I put forth national standard-setting accountability,” Booker said on the Detroit debate stage after Biden criticized him for using controversial stop-and-frisk tactics to fight crime and hiring a top adviser to former New York Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week Piers Morgan, Rudy Giuliani in furious debate over Trump: ‘You sound completely barking mad’ Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE (R).
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“If you want to compare records, and I’m shocked that you do, I’m happy to do that,” Booker said, as the crowd “oohed” with excitement.
Biden said Booker did nothing during his eight years as Newark mayor to crack down on police abuse, which he said resulted in a disproportionate incarceration of young African American men.
The heated exchange came as Booker and Biden clashed over criminal justice reform and Biden’s role in drafting the 1994 crime bill, which has been blamed for a massive rise in incarcerated African Americans.