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 ButtigiegJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (D) tweeted a picture Tuesday afternoon of himself and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Klobuchar: A woman with Buttigieg's experience would not be on presidential debate stage 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 GillibrandSenate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day MORE (N.Y.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeO'Rourke ends presidential bid Sunrise Movement organizer: Sanders, Warren boast strongest climate change plans Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate 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 BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE leads in most national polls.