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Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate

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Presidential Democratic candidate Cory Booker on Sunday suggested he might confront former Vice President Joe Biden on racial issues during the second round of debates this month.

Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be "fair" to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the "Biden crime bill." Booker said the measure put "mass incarceration on steroids" for African Americans.

"Yeah, it is fair," Booker said on CBS News's "Face the Nation," when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31. "I want people like Joe Biden, which he finally did, thank God, to stand up and say, 'I was wrong, that bill did a lot of harm.'"

Booker was among Biden's most vocal critics last month when the former vice president spoke about the "civility" in the Senate that allowed him to work with segregationist lawmakers in the 1970s. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, seized the spotlight at the first set of debates last month in Miami by confronting Biden on his opposition to busing as a senator.

Biden will face off against Harris, Booker and seven other Democratic candidates on July 31, the second night of the debates in Detroit.

 

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