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 Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday that fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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.