Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together

Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together
© Twitter: Pete Buttigieg

Two 2020 Democrats found themselves meeting face to face a bit earlier than expected Tuesday when they were booked one row apart on a United Airlines flight to Houston on the way to Thursday's primary debate.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Buttigieg: Biden gave 'bad' debate answer on slavery's legacy O'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows MORE (D) tweeted a picture Tuesday afternoon of himself and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Klobuchar: Investigation into Kavanaugh 'a sham' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (D-Minn.) grinning after learning they would practically be seatmates for their trip to Houston, the site of the third debate for the 2020 Democratic primary contenders.

"Very funny, @United," Buttigieg wrote on Twitter, while Klobuchar quipped that Thursday's debate had started two days early.

"And the debate begins... Good sitting by you @PeteButtigieg," she tweeted.

Thursday's debate will be the first of the 2020 cycle to feature all of the leading contenders onstage in one night, as the heightened qualifications for the event pushed out several lower-performing members of the 2020 field.

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The higher requirements in both polling and individual fundraising numbers led to the exit of several Democrats from the field in recent weeks, including Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together MORE (N.Y.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Buttigieg sitting at about 4.3 percent nationally, while Klobuchar remains at 1 percent.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE leads in most national polls.