Klobuchar: Bloomberg shouldn't be able to 'hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys'

Klobuchar: Bloomberg shouldn't be able to 'hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Seven takeaways from California's recall election Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWithout drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary The tragedy of 9/11 — an inflection point in American history MORE shouldn't be able to "hide behind" his ads by not appearing on Sunday shows or in any debate. 

"I think he has to come on a show like yours," Klobuchar said on "CNN's State of the Union," when asked about her response to reports that Bloomberg has made comments objectifying women and created a sexist culture in the workplace. 

"He has not come on any Sunday show since he announced," Klobuchar added.

Bloomberg has denied allegations that he's made sexist remarks throughout his career. 

"I don't think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys," Klobuchar said of the self-funded billionaire's campaign. "He has to come on these shows, and I'm also an advocate for him coming on the debate stage." 

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"I know I'm not going to beat him on the air but I can beat him on the debate stage because I believe my argument for my candidacy is so much stronger," she added.

Bloomberg, a late entry to the race, has surged after spending millions on expansive ad buys across the country. Because he has been self-funded, he did not meet fundraising thresholds set for previous debates by the Democratic National Committee and has yet to appear in a single Democratic debate. 

Klobuchar's strong performance in the New Hampshire debate gave her a boost in the Granite State, pushing her into third place in the state's primary. 

"It’s not surprising that as Mike continues to rise in the polls, other candidates, including Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE, start to get nervous," Bloomberg spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in a statement in response to Klobuchar's remarks.

"Because they’re seeing Mike winning over voters across this country with his record of taking on tough fights and strong case that he is the only candidate to defeat Trump in November."

--This report was updated at 12:53 p.m.