Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility 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 John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance 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'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call 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.