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Klobuchar Defends Stumble on Mexican President

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar at the democratic presidential primary debate
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By    |   Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:56 PM

During Wednesday's Democratic primary debate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was questioned by moderators over a gaffe made during a Telemundo interview last week. In it, she faltered over the name of Mexico's president.

Moderators asked about her preparedness for foreign policy and economic relations with America's neighbor to the south and close trading ally.

Of the gaffe, she had this to say: "I said I made an error. I think having a president that maybe is humble and is able to admit that here and there maybe wouldn't be a bad thing."

Fellow Midwesterner Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, did not seem satisfied with that, saying her candidacy was built on her Washington experience.

"And we're not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics in the country in your southern border," he said, according to The New York Times transcript of the exchange.

"Are you trying to say that I'm dumb — are you mocking me here, Pete?" was Klobuchar's reply.

She contrasted her own experience with his less extensive political resume.

"I said I made an error," she continued. "People sometimes forget names. I am the one that has the experience based on passing over 100 bills — if I could respond, this was a pretty big allegation: He's basically saying that I don't have the experience to be president of the United States."

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