2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., had a Jeb Bush moment during a CNN town hall Monday night, and given the outcome of Bush’s presidential aspirations in 2016, that’s not a good thing.
Touting past electoral success against Republicans when asked if she could win over Midwest voters, Klobuchar had to urge the audience to clap.
“Look at what I’ve done,” she said. “I’m someone who runs in a purple state. When I started running for office, the other senator was Republican, the governor was Republican and three of our four constitutional officers were Republican. And then I started running, and every single time I’ve run, I’ve won every single congressional district in my state, including [former Rep.] Michele Bachmann’s.”
The answer elicited no reaction from the audience.
“That’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?” the candidate added with a feeble laugh.
It was hard not to think back to the 2016 New Hampshire town hall when Bush had to beseech the room to respond after he delivered what he thought was an applause-worthy line about what kind of commander-in-chief he would be.
“I will not trash talk. I will not be a divider in chief or an agitator in chief. I won’t be out there blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said. “I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter but send a signal that we’re prepared to act in the national security interests of this country – to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.”
After an awkward moment of silence, he pleaded, “Please clap.”
Bush’s ill-fated presidential campaign shut the doors for good less than three weeks later.
Klobuchar had another awkward moment later when she told CNN moderator Chris Cuomo that he was “creeping” her out.
Speaking on climate change, Klobuchar appealed to Cuomo to let her finish her point.
“I feel you creeping over my shoulder — not in a Trumpian manner,” she told the CNN anchor.
Klobuchar appeared to be channeling her inner-Hillary Clinton — the line could have been planned to draw comparisons to the failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — who accused then-candidate Donald Trump of being a “creep” for coming up behind her during a debate stage.
Clinton would claim in her memoir, “What Happened,” that her “skin crawled” at that moment.
There was one issue where Klobuchar was willing to break ranks with Warren, that being on the cancellation of student debt and eliminating tuition at public colleges.
The college debt forgiveness plan proposed by Warren comes with a $640 billion price tag and Klobuchar pushed an expansion of the Pell Grant program that would allow students to refinance loans.
And in the process, Klobuchar seemed to suggest that Warren was selling them a bill of goods.
“I wish I could staple a free college diploma under every one of your chairs. I do,” she said. “Don’t look, it’s not there — I wish I could do that, but I have to be straight with you and tell you the truth.”
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