Klobuchar has positioned herself in the crowded Democratic primary field to be an alternative moderate candidate to former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner according to most recent polls. Buttigieg has similarly also cast himself as a pragmatic alternative to Biden and progressive front-runners, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and is currently polling higher than the Minnesota Democrat.
Klobuchar on Sunday went on to tell CNN host Jake Tapper that she is more qualified than Buttigieg because unlike him, she has “actually won in a statewide race.”
“I’m the one from the Midwest that’s actually won in a statewide race over and over again,” she said. “Those are the kind of voters I’ve won and that’s not true of Mayor Pete.”
Newsweek reached out to Buttigieg’s campaign for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, released last week, Klobuchar pulled in 2 percent of votes compared to Buttigieg’s roughly 9 percent. However, both candidates trail significantly behind front-runners Biden, Sanders and Warren.
Klobuchar went on to criticize former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for potentially entering the already-crowded 2020 race. “I certainly welcome Mayor Bloomberg to the race. He’s done incredible work on gun safety, on environmental issues. And it is work of merit,” she told Tapper. “But I don’t think you just waltz in and say, instead of ‘I’m good enough to be president,’ your argument is the other people aren’t good enough—that is not how we’ve been conducting these debates.”