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 KlobucharKlobuchar fundraises for McConnell challenger: 'Two Amys are better than one' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet 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's Cuomo spars with Kris Kobach over whether Trump's tweet was racist Harris on Biden civil rights record: 'Not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history' Biden talks about son's struggles with mental illness, substance abuse 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 ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE and then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE.

--Updated at 8:07 p.m.