Klobuchar defends work record: You need to be tough to deal with Putin

Klobuchar defends work record: You need to be tough to deal with Putin
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News Poll: Harris, Warren climb as Biden maintains lead MORE (D-Minn.) addressed allegations she mistreated staffers in an interview with CNN Thursday, saying she "can always do better" but adding that her toughness is a good thing. 

"One can always do better, and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people if they felt that something was unfair, or they felt bad about something. But I still think that you have to demand good product," she said, according to CNN. 

The Minnesota Democrat also said her toughness can help her on the world stage. 

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"When you're out there on the world stage and dealing with people like Vladimir Putin, yeah, you want someone who's tough," she added. "You want someone that demands the answers and that's going to get things done, and that's what I've done my whole life."

Klobuchar also said that she has "high standards" for herself and her staff. 

"If you are a boss, you have to have high standards, and that is what I have always had," she said. "And so I've had high standards for myself, high standards for our staff, and mostly I'm going to have high standards for the country."

Former staffers have anonymously accused Klobuchar of workplace hostility, saying she frequently yelled at them and sometimes threw objects. Other staffers defended her.