Booker criticizes debate for pitting Democrats against one another

Booker criticizes debate for pitting Democrats against one another
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus MORE (D-N.J.) warned that pitting Democratic candidates against each other during Wednesday's debate gives President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE an advantage.

"The person that's enjoying this debate most right now is Donald Trump, as we pit Democrats against each other while he is working right now to take away Americans' health care," Booker said onstage in Detroit.

Booker's words came after his competitors clashed over health care. 

Trump's campaign quickly took note, with communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeting Booker was correct.  

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Booker seemed to call for unity among Democrats, which he has campaigned on throughout his presidential run. 

The senator is in need of a breakout moment as he continues to struggle to break out from the crowded Democratic pack.

Booker was widely expected to go on the offensive, particularly against front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE in an effort to gain more traction. 

The senator hit the former vice president on criminal justice earlier this month, targeting him specifically over his support of the 1994 crime bill in the senate.