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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 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.) said Sunday that fellow Democratic presidential candidate 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 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 John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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.