Democratic presidential candidate Corey booker speaks during the National Urban League Conference, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Booker takes on Biden in bid to break through crowded field

July 25, 2019 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Cory Booker prepares for a pivotal turn in the spotlight at next week's Democratic presidential debate, he's taking on a new role as Joe Biden's chief antagonist.

Booker is blasting the former vice president as "an architect of mass incarceration." On Thursday, the New Jersey senator assailed rivals whom he portrayed as latecomers to the fight against "structural inequality and institutional racism" — implying, without mentioning Biden's name, that his opponent had belatedly embraced criminal justice reform.

One of two black major candidates in the Democratic contest, Booker is homing in on racial justice as he tries to move up from the bottom tier of most national polls. Booker's new approach to Biden could provide a moment to lift his campaign — or sack it with more baggage.

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