Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker got in a racially-charged clash over policing during Wednesday's debate – with Biden blasting Booker's record in Newark and Booker saying Biden didn't know what flavor of 'Kool-Aid' he was drinking.
Biden and Booker rejoined a dispute they had last week, when Booker blamed Biden for causing 'mass-incarceration' as a prime backer of crime legislation including the 1994 Crime Bill and other legislation as a senator.
Biden had a response at the ready, trashing Booker for using tough-on-crime tactics in Newark including tactics that swooped up black men in stop-and-frisk arrests.
'You're dipping into the Kool-aid and you don't even know the flavor,' Booker told him.
Senator Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed over crime law during a presidential debate in Detroit
Booker went after Biden for pushing tough crime legislation that got bipartisan backing at the time but has come under scrutiny now.
'Mister vice president has said that since the 1970s every major crime bill, major and minor, has had his name on it. Those are your words, and not mine,' she said. 'This is one of those instances or the house was set on fire and you claimed responsibility for those laws. You can't just now come out with a plan to put out that fire.'
He was referencing get-tough crime measures enacted during the crack epidemic. The 1994 bill included 'three strikes' legislation, but also included federal funds for community policing.
Biden touted his own work to lessen disparities between crack and powdered cocaine, then turned on Booker's conduct as mayor Newark, which has suffered from decades of crime problems.
Booker told Biden: 'You're dipping into the Kool-aid and you don't even know the flavor'
Cory Booker reviews surveillance footage in the newly-opened Surveillance Operations Center of the Newark, New Jersey Police Department before a press conference in Newark, July 1, 2008 when he was mayor
Dozens of residents, activists and community leaders participate in a march and rally against violence on December 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. While violent crime has fallen to new lows in New York City, Newark