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Klobuchar is last candidate to speak at debate, says Bloomberg policies were racist

Klobuchar is last candidate to speak at debate, says Bloomberg policies were racist

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.) was the last candidate to speak at Tuesday's presidential primary debate, the final one before the South Carolina and Super Tuesday primaries, 17 minutes in and in some cases after other candidates had spoken several times.

Klobuchar, asked whether former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s enforcement of stop-and-frisk policies was racist, bluntly responded, “Yes.”

“I think what we need to do, instead of just reviewing everything from the past, is talk about where we’re going to go forward,” Klobuchar said, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

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“To me that means sentencing reform like the First Step Act,” she added, referring to the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill signed into law by President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE, before also touting the need for improved voting rights protections.

Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, has also been subject to scrutiny on her criminal justice record, particularly the case of Myon Burrell, a black teenager sentenced to life in prison in a case that outside advocates said included a lack of evidence. 

Tuesday's primary debate quickly grew contentious and heated, with the seven candidates on stage repeatedly attacking each other on their records and policy platforms.