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 KlobucharNew York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll Bloomberg says he would vote to convict Trump if he were a senator MORE (D-Minn.), a Democratic presidential candidate, knocked former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg, Steyer focus on climate change in effort to stand out I'm a conservative against Citizens United Trump scrambles to defend pre-existing conditions record amid ObamaCare lawsuit 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 WarrenJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country The American disease and death bowls MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE (I-Vt.). 

“You seem particularly insulted by Bloomberg’s entry," NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial GOP senator, Chuck Todd spar over whether Lev Parnas should testify in Senate impeachment trial 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.