Amy Klobuchar Says Pete Buttigieg Wouldn't Qualify For Debates If He Were A Woman

Written by on November 10, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Sunday argued that one in every of her opponents within the presidential race, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, wouldn’t have certified for the Democratic main debates if he had been a lady, given his lack of expertise in Washington.

“Of the ladies on the stage … do I believe we might be standing on that stage if we had the expertise that he had? No, I don’t,” she mentioned, referring to herself and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “Possibly we’re held to a distinct normal.”

Buttigieg’s marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark concerning the comment.

A New York Occasions/Siena Faculty survey carried out final month in battleground states discovered that Buttigieg was 1 to five proportion factors forward of Klobuchar amongst Democratic voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Nevertheless, Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden had been within the lead with double-digit assist.

Although Klobuchar mentioned she believes Buttigieg is certified, on the coronary heart of her criticism is that his political background lies in his eight years as mayor of a small metropolis, slightly than having held a state or federal put up.

“We must always have the ability to have these debates about candidates with out being accused of being destructive,” she mentioned.

Nevertheless, Buttigieg, the youngest candidate within the discipline at 37 years outdated, has needed to repeatedly defend his expertise and has argued that his mayorship allowed him to handle points felt by on a regular basis Individuals in a various and principally low-income space. He has additionally cited his previous navy service in Iraq and Afghanistan, whereas neither President Donald Trump nor Barack Obama are veterans.

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