Klobuchar knocks Bloomberg late 2020 entry: 'We have strong candidates'

Klobuchar knocks Bloomberg late 2020 entry: 'We have strong candidates'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.), a Democratic presidential candidate, knocked former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' Bloomberg reporting policy not pretty or perfect, but right Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE's late entry into the 2020 race.

Klobuchar dismissed the Bloomberg campaign's pitch that the billionaire saw a need for a candidate to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE

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"I have admiration for the work that he’s done. But I don’t buy this argument that you get in because you say ‘oh everyone else sucks.’ I just don’t," Klobuchar said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think we have strong candidates. I don’t think that any of the polling or the numbers show that people are dissatisfied with all their candidates. They’re just trying to pick the right one," she added. 

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"So my case is to make that it’s me."

Bloomberg entered the race on a more moderate stance compared to some of the leading progressive candidates, such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE (I-Vt.). 

“You seem particularly insulted by Bloomberg’s entry," NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd challenges Cruz after senator pushes theory that Ukraine meddled in election Retiring House Democrat says a Trump reelection would be a 'nightmare scenario' for Congress Cruz on House impeachment inquiry: 'This is 'kangaroo court' MORE asked Klobuchar. "You’re saying hey, I’m the compromise — I’m the one that if [former Vide President Joe] Biden falters, and all of a sudden ‘hey you, you’re getting into my space!’ That’s what you sounded like.”

Klobuchar said she has been setting "that path" from the beginning. 

"That you look people in the eyes, you tell them the truth. That no, we’re not going to give free college to everyone, but we are going to match our economy with the jobs and the education system that we have. I am the one that is the only one on the stage that didn’t get on that bill for kicking people off their current health insurance in four years," Klobuchar said. 

She also said that she's "never going to be able to compete with two billionaires" in terms of spending. 

"I’m not going to be able to buy this thirty-some million dollar ad buy," she said, seemingly referring to Bloomberg.

She added that she's also "not as well known" as other candidates bringing in more donations, but said she has taken in more than $2 million since the last debate. 

"So we are expanding. We’re opening more offices in Iowa... opening more offices and adding staff in New Hampshire and in the other early states. And that’s because the momentum’s on our side," she said.