Booker fires back at Biden: 'I found his attacks on me ridiculous'

Booker fires back at Biden: 'I found his attacks on me ridiculous'

The war of words between a pair of White House hopefuls intensified Friday after Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces tumor on kidney, will undergo treatment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-N.J.) called former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE's attacks on him "ridiculous." 

"I will always speak truth to power, and watching the crime bills of the '80s and the '90s all of the things that he put into place, this is something that should be talked about," Booker told NBC News on Friday. 

"The response to having substantive conversations about people's records shouldn't be to go on the attack, and I found his attacks on me ridiculous," he continued. 

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The feud between Biden and Booker began earlier this week when Booker referred to Biden as an "architect of mass incarceration," referencing his role in the passage of the 1994 crime bill in the Senate. 

Biden's deputy campaign manager hit back against the attack, referencing next week's debates where the two men will be placed next to each other. 

“Since next week’s debate format will give Senator Booker twice as much time to make his attacks than it allows Vice President Biden to respond to them, we thought we would begin to respond now,” Kate Bedingfield said. 

Biden has also signaled he is ready to go on the attack against Booker and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates Sanders is a risk, not a winner House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.), who hit Biden's civil rights record in the last debate.  

“If [Harris and Booker] want to argue about the past, I can do that. I got a past I’m proud of,” Biden said Wednesday. “They got a past that’s not quite so good.”