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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill EPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates MORE (D-Minn.), a Democratic presidential candidate, knocked former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations The Memo: 2020 is all about winning Florida 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 TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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 WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.). 

“You seem particularly insulted by Bloomberg’s entry," NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Strzok: 'I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians' GOP chair defends Trump messaging on masks: 'To say that he should have known then what we know now isn't really fair' 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.