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Klobuchar: Bloomberg should face voters on the debate stage

Klobuchar: Bloomberg should face voters on the debate stage
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday that fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics NFL, politics dominate 2020 ratings MORE should be on the debate stage, saying voters should get a chance to evaluate him as he pours money into Super Tuesday states. 

"I'd be fine with him being on the debate stage because I think that instead of just putting your money out there, he's actually got to be on the stage and be able to go back and forth so voters can evaluate him in that way," Klobuchar said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

Bloomberg has not qualified for the Democratic primary debates because he is not fundraising, and therefore cannot meet the donor threshold. 

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"I think he could have done it if he wanted to get some donors and if he wanted to be on the ballot in the early stages, but he didn't want to do that, so that means you have to wait for the Super Tuesday time," she said. "I don't know when that debate is scheduled, but there better be one."

While Klobuchar has struggled to break into the primary's top tier, she has been recognized for a number of notable debate performances. 

"Certainly, being on the debate stage, for me, and making every single benchmark put in front of me has been helpful," she continued. "People get to know me. They can see that I'm tough enough to take on Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE, and they can see how I respond with other people on a stage." 

Bloomberg launched his presidential bid late last year and has since gained traction in a number of polls, reaching 9 percent support in a recent CNN national survey. 

His traction in the polls appears to be a result of name recognition, and the $270 million he has spent as part of a nationwide advertising effort.

In addition to television and digital ads, the campaign has sent mailers to 2.5 million Democratic primary voters in Super Tuesday states, laying out the case to vote for Bloomberg.