Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is making it clear that she’s not backing down from sexism on her campaign trail, warning people to not “discount” the female contenders in the 2020 election during a Wednesday night “Town Hall” on Fox News.
The 2020 Democratic primary race has a record-breaking number of women, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Klobuchar.
Asked her thoughts by a moderator, who cited “a poll that Democrat women said that they felt like they should vote for a man,” Klobuchar was quick to clap back with her response.
“I think, may the best woman win,” Klobuchar said, praising the “women that have gotten elected all over the country,” including recently elected Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
“Women won all kinds of elections,” Klobuchar reiterated, adding that when you don’t give them an equal chance “you discount them at your own peril.”
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Klobuchar also defended herself from reports of mistreating her staff, as well as her perceived likability — something that former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has highlighted as a key issue for women candidates.
“Do I have high standards for myself and for my staff and for my country? Yes, I do,” the senator answered. “Not everyone loves you, but that’s not your job.”
“Your job is to do what’s right for this country,” she added.
Klobuchar is no stranger to the barriers she faces as a woman candidate, as she expressed her disdain for sexism present within leadership positions, on International Women’s Day.
“The lack of women in senior positions continues to stymie progress on issues from pay to humanitarian aid to discrimination in all its forms,” the senator tweeted.
The lack of women in senior positions continues to stymie progress on issues from pay to humanitarian aid to discrimination in all its forms. The lack of women in leadership roles holds back not only women, but all people. #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/Jte7RiShM3
— Senator Amy Klobuchar (@SenAmyKlobuchar) March 8, 2019
Klobuchar then proclaimed that “the lack of women in leadership roles holds back not only women, but all people.”
Also speaking out on the issue, presidential candidate Kamala Harris argued earlier in the week, that political “pundits” are wrong when it comes to the issue of electability.