Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – “Money makes a difference” in politics, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN on Sunday. But it shouldn’t, one of the Democrat presidential hopefuls told the same cable network.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota told several Sunday talk shows that billionaire Michael Bloomberg should be doing what she’s doing — giving interviews.
“I think he has to come on a show like yours here, Dana,” Klobuchar told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash.
He has not gone on any Sunday shows since he announced.
I have got to answer questions like I just did on my record, and he has to do the same thing. I don’t think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys. He has to come on these shows.
And I also am an advocate for him coming on the debate stage. I know I’m not going to be able to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage, because I believe my argument for my candidacy is so much stronger. The Midwest isn’t flyover country to me. I live there.
Klobuchar said something similar on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Margaret Brennan.
She started out criticizing Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy when he was mayor of New York.
“Stop and frisk, that is unconstitutional,” Klobuchar said.
And I will say this. I am on your show right now, Margaret, answering these tough questions. Where is he? He just keeps running a bunch of ads. He’ll probably have more ads during your show in certain states than I’m on answering your questions.
I think he cannot hide behind the airwaves and the money. I think he has to come on the shows. And I personally think he should be on the debate stage. I’m never going to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage.
‘Mother’s milk of politics’
But money is the “mother’s milk of politics,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Clyburn noted that Tom Steyer “has money and he has been spending it” in Clyburn’s home state, where some polls have Steyer in second place ahead of the South Carolina primary.
“And so I think that will always make a difference,” Clyburn said.
“Where was Bloomberg nationally among voters a month ago? But he has money, he’s been spending it, and it’s changed the calculations a lot. So for us to just pretend that that money doesn’t make a difference, that would be foolhardy.
“Money makes a difference. Steyer has it, he’s been spending it and he’s reaping the rewards,” Clyburn said.