Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) took aim at one of her 2020 Democratic primary rivals, as said that she doesn’t believe he would still be in the presidential race if he were a woman.
Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg was the target of her remarks.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Klobuchar was asked about her previous comments made in June about her irritation with Buttigieg’s apparent inexperience.
“Could we be running with less experience than we had? I don’t think so,” she said, according to The New York Times, adding, “I don’t think people would take us seriously.”
Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about her remarks reported in the Times and if he’s “reading that wrong,” Klobuchar responded, “Yes,” and that she doesn’t want to “dwell on various press articles.”
She went on to suggest that “any of the candidates that were on the debate stage were more qualified than the president of the United States right now.”
When asked again about Buttigieg, Klobuchar said that he is qualified. She then, however, went on to say that she’s the “one from the Midwest that’s actually won in a statewide race over and over again including bringing in those voters that just voted in Kentucky … Just voted in Virginia,” and “that is not true of mayor Pete.”
She added that the two 2020 Democratic contenders have “had a different experience.”
However, the Minnesota senator went on to question if Buttigieg would still be in the race if he were a woman.
“The last point I made in that article was that of women on the stage I’m focusing here on my fellow women senators, Senator Harris and Warren and myself. Do I think we would be standing on that stage if we had the experience that he had? No, I don’t. Maybe we’re held to a different standard. But my goal is to get the best candidate to lead the ticket. I believe that’s me. That is why I have been able to attract the kind of support that I have in the early states and I’m doing this the right way, running a grassroots campaign.”
Buttigieg’s campaign previously pushed back on his political rivals’ remarks: “This is not a contest for who is the most established, it’s a contest for who is the most convincing. The better we do, I imagine the more we’ll feel some heat, but that just means we’re doing well.”
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As IJR previously reported, Buttigieg came under fire from some of his 2020 Democratic primary opponents, after he suggested that it was a “two-way” race — in which he walked back his remarks.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was among those who knocked down his remark, as she labeled it “naive.”
In the latest Iowa poll, Buttigieg passed former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). However, a Hill-HarrisX poll released on November 7 has him tied with Harris for fourth place.