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 BookerNever underestimate Joe Biden Police reform talks ramp up amid pressure from Biden, families Victims' relatives hold Capitol Hill meetings to push police reform MORE (D-N.J.) warned that pitting Democratic candidates against each other during Wednesday's debate gives President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney 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.  

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 BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike 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.