Booker to Biden on Obama: 'You can't have it both ways'

Booker to Biden on Obama: 'You can't have it both ways'
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White House hopeful Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (D-N.J.) said former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE “can’t have it both ways” when discussing former President Obama when he declined to discuss conversations the two had over immigrant deportations. 

“Mr. Vice President, you can’t have it both ways,” Booker said at Wednesday night's primary debate in Detroit. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”

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Booker's remark came in response to an exchange between Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York Post hits de Blasio with front-page 'obituary' for 2020 campaign Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding Uber sues New York City to void 'cruising cap' limit MORE in which the former vice president was repeatedly pressed if he thought the 3 million deportations under the Obama administration were a good idea.

Biden maintained that he would not dish on the conversations he had with Obama since they were private, only saying that the former president “moved to fundamentally change the system” but that “much more has to be done.”

The former vice president has made an early effort to promote his ties to Obama, who remains popular among the Democratic Party base, repeatedly noting accomplishments made during the “Obama-Biden administration.”

Booker continued slamming Biden, saying his proposal to allow immigrants with Ph.D.’s should get a seven-year green card plays into Republicans’ hands.

“This really irks me, because I heard the vice president say that if you’ve got a Ph.D. you can come right into this country, well that’s playing into what the Republicans want, to pit some immigrants against other immigrants, some are from shithole countries, and some are from worthy countries,” he said referencing a profane comment President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE made referring to Haiti and some African countries.

Booker was expected to hit Biden, the primary field’s front-runner, as the New Jersey Democrat sees his support in polls beginning to consistently lag behind that of several other candidates.