Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-N.J.) jokingly "outed" Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Texas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE (R-Texas) as a "closet vegan" during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Thursday.

"Mr. Chairman, let me apologize upfront for this metaphor I am about to use. I know it will insult the two vegans on the committee — me and Sen. Cruz," Booker said during Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote House Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice by Thomas MORE's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Booker's comment sent the Judiciary Committee floor into laughter, with Cruz interjecting, "Point of personal privilege!"

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"That may be one step below the Houston Astros thing," said Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade Biden seeks to close any path for Trump win in race's final days MORE (R-S.C.), referring to a playful joust that erupted in the committee on Wednesday after Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseGOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him Sweden bans use of Huawei, ZTE equipment in new 5G networks MORE (R-Neb.) called the MLB team "miserable cheaters."

"I just want the people of Texas to know the truth — he is a closet vegan," Booker said in jest.

On Twitter, Cruz jokingly decried Booker's comment about his diet as a "brutal & scurrilous attack on this Cuban Texan carnivore."

 

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Booker also echoed earlier comments from Graham, saying the hearing over Barrett's nomination was conducted with "decorum and professionalism."

The panel is set to vote on Barrett's nomination next week, with a full Senate vote expected before the end of the month.

"We have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky.