Klobuchar: A woman with Buttigieg's experience would not be on presidential debate stage

Klobuchar: A woman with Buttigieg's experience would not be on presidential debate stage
© Getty Images

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that a woman with the same experience as fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada MORE would not be on the debate stage.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Klobuchar noted that Buttigieg, who is the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and every other 2020 Democrat is more qualified than President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE, but questioned if a woman with Buttigieg’s experience would have the same chance to become president.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Of the women on the stage, I’m focusing here on my fellow women senators, Sens. Harris and Warren and myself, do I think we would be standing on that stage if we had the experience that he had? No, I don’t,” Klobuchar said, referring to two other female Democratic candidates: Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada Bloomberg to do interview with Al Sharpton MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (Calif.)

“Maybe we’re held to a different standard,” she added.

Klobuchar, who is currently polling behind the leaders in the crowded Democratic primary, pointed to her ability to win a statewide race as to why she is more qualified to be president than Buttigieg.

“I’m the one from the Midwest that’s actually won in a statewide race over and over again,” she said, pointing to suburban and rural Democratic voters in Kentucky and Virginia that pushed the party to wins last Tuesday in races typically won by Republicans.

“Those are the kind of voters I’ve won and that’s not true of Mayor Pete,” Klobuchar added.

The three-term senator has positioned herself as a moderate from the Midwest that can win rural swing voters that overwhelmingly went for Trump in the 2016 election.

Buttigieg, however, has polled well in early voting state Iowa and garnered momentum as a leading moderate candidate in the field alongside former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration MORE.