Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerIt's in America's best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distribution ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent NJ lawmakers ask Gannett to stop 'union-busting' efforts at 3 state newspapers MORE (D-N.J.) said during the party’s primary debate Thursday night that more people shouldn’t become vegan amid rising concerns about climate change, but prompted laughter from the audience when he translated his answer.

ABC News’s Jorge Ramos, one of the debate’s moderators, began a question for Booker by citing experts who suggest that “eating less meat is one way to help the environment” and adding that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE is concerned that climate change regulations could affect economic growth.

“So should more Americans — including those here in Texas and in Iowa — follow your diet?” Ramos asked.

“First of all, I want to say ‘no’ — actually, I want to translate that into Spanish — ‘no,’” Booker said, spurring laughter from the audience.


“Look, let’s just be clear,” he continued, “the kind of incentives that we are giving that don’t line up with our values — that’s what I’m calling for.”

The moment comes after the New Jersey senator's reaction to former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE (D-Texas) speaking Spanish become a meme at the June debate.

Booker has been vegan since 2014 and has previously said he doesn’t believe the planet’s climate can sustain industrialized animal agriculture in the future.