(Associated Press) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says she and other top female presidential candidates wouldn’t be on the debate stage if they had the same experience as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The Minnesota Democrat said Sunday on CNN that she believes the 37-year-old mayor is qualified, but that she’s the better candidate. Klobuchar says, “I’m the one from the Midwest that has actually won in a statewide race over and over again.” She says of the female candidates: “Maybe we’re held to a different standard.”
Buttigieg has been one of the surprises of the Democratic primary, rising from an unknown to a top candidate who has raised more money than almost all his rivals. He is a Harvard graduate, Rhodes scholar and military veteran who is openly gay.