Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner'

Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall MORE (D-Minn.) referenced the 2016 election on Monday, joking during a CNN town hall that she could "feel" host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN sees ratings swoon in April Ex-Clinton aide jokes that Dem candidate could 'shoot my dog' and still have his support CNN's Don Lemon asks if Rosenstein is a 'double agent type' MORE looming behind her, though "not in a Trumpian manner."

"I feel you creeping over my shoulder," Klobuchar told Cuomo as she answered a question about climate change. "Not in a Trumpian manner." 

Klobuchar's remark came as she answered a Harvard student's question about how she planned to "include rural communities in the discussion on climate change."

"This is what I say to my rural voters: I say look at what’s in front of you, because for too long we’ve been talking about it as more of a coastal issue," Klobuchar said.

"Let’s talk about it for the middle of the country, where we need the political support," she continued. "And I personally think someone from the Heartland could do a pretty good job of that."

The joke, which drew laughs from the audience at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, appeared to be a reference to a 2016 presidential debate between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE and then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China MORE, when the real estate mogul was panned for following his opponent across the stage as she spoke.

Clinton later recounted that experience in her 2017 book "What Happened," writing that her "skin crawled" as Trump stalked her around the stage. 

Klobuchar was the first of five Democratic presidential candidates to take the stage for a town hall event on CNN Monday night. She'll be followed by Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersFox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Trump hits Fox News after Buttigieg town hall: 'What is going on with Fox?' Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE.

--Updated at 8:07 p.m.