Democratic presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Monday he would continue making criminal justice reform a centerpiece of his campaign, but, in an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, he stopped short of endorsing a plan first proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to restore voting rights to currently incarcerated felons.\n\u201cIf Bernie Sanders wants to get involved in a conversation about whether Dylann Roof and the [Boston] Marathon bomber should have the right to vote,\u201d Booker said that his \u201cfocus is liberating black and brown people and low-income people from prison.\u201d\nSanders jump-started the debate during a televised town hall event for 2020 candidates last week, when he said even \u201cterrible people\u201d should be allowed to vote because voting rights are \u201cinherent to our democracy.\u201d\nBooker just wrapped up his two-week \u201cJustice for All\u201d tour in Florida, where he pushed back on the Florida state legislature\u2019s efforts to roll back a bill overwhelmingly approved by voters last November that expands voting rights to an estimated 1.5 million convicted felons who have finished serving parole and probation.\nThe Florida referendum is similar to a bill Booker sponsored in the Senate this year that would see voting rights restored nationally. An estimated 6.1 million Americans were unable to vote in the 2016 presidential election because of felony convictions, according to a study by The Sentencing Project.\n\u201cMy focus is tearing down the system of mass incarceration so that we don\u2019t even have to have the debate about people\u2019s voting rights because they\u2019re not going to prison in the first place,\u201d Booker said.\nOther highlights from the interview:\n\nOn taking on Trump: Booker said the crowded field of 20 Democratic candidates can\u2019t \u201cfight fire with fire\u201d in competing to replace President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. \u201cThis is a time where our nation needs a revival of civic grace,\u201d Booker said, adding that the moment requires a call \u201cto our higher angels, not the low road fighting Donald Trump on his own turf and his own terms.\u201d\nOn helping struggling Americans: As part of his \u201cJustice for All\u201d tour, the New Jersey Democrat unveiled a plan to double the income eligibility for the earned income tax credit. He said the plan would help 154 million Americans and lift nearly 15 million people out of poverty. According to Booker, he would pay for his economic proposal by undoing the \u201ctoxic\u201d tax cuts signed into law by Trump in 2017, and by taxing capital gains at the same rate as income.