Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE shouldn’t be able to “hide behind” his ads by not appearing on Sunday shows or in any debate.
“I think he has to come on a show like yours,” Klobuchar said on “CNN’s State of the Union,” when asked about her response to reports that Bloomberg has made comments objectifying women and created a sexist culture in the workplace.
“He has not come on any Sunday show since he announced,” Klobuchar added.
“I don’t think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys,” 2020 candidate @amyklobuchar says about Michael Bloomberg. “I know I’m not going to be able to beat him on the airwaves but I can beat him on the debate stage.” #CNNSOTUhttps://t.co/9C1VGGdqCN pic.twitter.com/slsZ1zMs2A
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 16, 2020
Bloomberg has denied allegations that he’s made sexist remarks throughout his career.
“I don’t think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys,” Klobuchar said of the self-funded billionaire’s campaign. “He has to come on these shows, and I’m also an advocate for him coming on the debate stage.”
“I know I’m not going to beat him on the air but I can beat him on the debate stage because I believe my argument for my candidacy is so much stronger,” she added.
Bloomberg, a late entry to the race, has surged after spending millions on expansive ad buys across the country. Because he has been self-funded, he did not meet fundraising thresholds set for previous debates by the Democratic National Committee and has yet to appear in a single Democratic debate.
Klobuchar’s strong performance in the New Hampshire debate gave her a boost in the Granite State, pushing her into third place in the state’s primary.
“It’s not surprising that as Mike continues to rise in the polls, other candidates, including Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, start to get nervous,” Bloomberg spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in a statement in response to Klobuchar’s remarks.
“Because they’re seeing Mike winning over voters across this country with his record of taking on tough fights and strong case that he is the only candidate to defeat Trump in November.”
–This report was updated at 12:53 p.m.
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