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
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying world Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman House committee requests hearing with postmaster general amid mail-in voting concerns MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that a woman with the same experience as fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE, but questioned if a woman with Buttigieg’s experience would have the same chance to become president.

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“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 WarrenTrump says government to review 5M Kodak loan deal Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMichelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race 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 BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE.