Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together

Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together
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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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE (D) tweeted a picture Tuesday afternoon of himself and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup 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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A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Buttigieg sitting at about 4.3 percent nationally, while Klobuchar remains at 1 percent.

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