The hostility building between the two Midwestern Democrats burst dramatically into the open in Nevada, as they clashed repeatedly on the debate stage and tried to slash the momentum out of each other’s campaigns. Klobuchar and Buttigieg have fought before over their experience and their political records in past debates — but the feud took a deeply personal turn.
“You’re staking your candidacy on your Washington experience. You’re on the committee that oversees border security. You’re on the committee that does trade,” Buttigieg said, turning to face Klobuchar just to his left on the stage. “You’re literally in part of the committee that’s overseeing these things and were not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south.” “Are you trying to say that I’m dumb? Or are you mocking me here, Pete?” Klobuchar shot back.
The New York Post reports:
Amy Klobuchar dished sarcastic barbs at Pete Buttigieg before leaving her debate podium Wednesday night without shaking his hand. “I wish everyone were as perfect as you, Pete,” she mocked the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, at one point in Las Vegas.
Buttigieg had just wrapped up delivering a message in Spanish, after criticizing the Minnesota US senator for her 2007 vote in favor of making English the national language in America.
He also chided her for supporting the nomination of Kevin McAleenan for commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection, whom Democrats criticized for splitting children from their parents at the border.
Still thinking about Amy Klobuchar saying to Pete Buttigieg: “I wish everyone was as perfect as you Pete.”
That came from a deep place.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 20, 2020
Amy Klobuchar is saying out loud what she really thinks of Pete Buttigieg: “You’ve not been in the arena doing that work, you’ve memorized a bunch of talking points and a bunch of things.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 20, 2020