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 KlobucharOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Overnight Energy: Harris goes after DOJ antitrust probe of automakers over emissions | Trump on energy-efficient light bulbs: 'I always look orange' | Climate change only briefly discussed in third presidential debate CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October MORE (D-Minn.) referenced the 2016 election on Monday, joking during a CNN town hall that she could "feel" host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoSuper PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' CNN climate town hall finishes last in viewers among cable news broadcasts 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 Clinton2020 is not a family affair, for a change New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump Rob Zombie on canceling 'The Hunt': 'A bulls–-- sacrificial lamb that solves nothing in society' MORE and then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty 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. 

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--Updated at 8:07 p.m.