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Klobuchar knocks Bloomberg and Steyer's presidential bids

Klobuchar knocks Bloomberg and Steyer's presidential bids
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) knocked fellow Democratic presidential candidates Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE and Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE on Monday, saying Americans do not want a billionaire in the White House.

“When I watched TV last night, all I saw were two billionaires' ads,” Klobuchar said on ABC's “The View."

“For a lot of the people that aren’t in the early states, they must think two people are running,” she said, arguing that other candidates can’t afford to fund expensive television ads.

Klobuchar added that she doesn’t think voters want to replace President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE with a billionaire.

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“I don’t think America looks at the guy in the White House and says, ‘Let’s find someone richer,’” she said.

Klobuchar argued that as one of only two Democratic presidential candidates from the Midwest, she is best positioned to win over swing voters who backed Trump in 2016.

“I’m someone who can bring those votes in,” she said.

Steyer, who has an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion, made most of his money operating a hedge fund in California.

Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg L.P. who later was elected to three terms as mayor of New York City, said when announcing his White House bid last month that his campaign would be self-funded and he would not accept any donations.

“You just can’t simply allow wealthy people to come in and buy elections,” Klobuchar said.