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 BookerBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall MORE (D-N.J.) warned that pitting Democratic candidates against each other during Wednesday's debate gives President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 BidenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat 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.