Pete Buttigieg Suggests Amy Klobuchar Should've Known Name of Mexico's President, After the 'Many Years' She Spent in Washington

Two Democratic candidates for president with lots of experience in Washington have taken jabs at a front-runner who virtually has none. Senator Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Joe Biden have said former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg doesn't have the experience needed to go into Washington, D.C. and run the country.

Biden and Klobuchar both trail Buttigieg in the Democratic primary race after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Then last week, during an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, Buttigieg was the only candidate who could name the current president of Mexico. Klobuchar and fellow candidate Tom Steyer were unable to do so.

On Sunday when Buttigieg was asked about the remarks on his inexperience in Washington, he took a swipe at Klobuchar, who is in her third term as a senator from Minnesota.

"I guess what it says is that there is more to being prepared than how many years you spent in Washington," Buttigieg said Sunday, according to a tweet from CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

Klobuchar recently remarked about President Donald Trump's previous inexperience, or being a newcomer, when referencing Buttigieg's political background.

"We have a newcomer in the White House and look where it got us," Klobuchar said on CNN.

The last four presidents have proven that long careers in Washington don't necessarily equate to getting a better head start on running for president.

Trump had no previous political experience, but he won the 2016 presidential race over Hillary Clinton, who had history as a first lady, a senator and secretary of state. Clinton lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary after Obama had been a U.S. senator for less than four years.

In 2000, George W. Bush was the governor of Texas when he defeated Vice President Al Gore, who had been a senator for eight years and then another eight years as vice president. And in 1992, Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, was an outsider who defeated incumbent president George H.W. Bush, who had served in Washington in various capacities for decades.

Buttigieg said newcomers, or outsiders, can bring a breath of fresh air into the Beltway.

"The answers are going to come to Washington, not from Washington," Buttigieg said.

He narrowly edged Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, while coming in second behind Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. Klobuchar finished third in that primary.

The next primary will be February 22 in Nevada, followed by the South Carolina primary on February 29. Super Tuesday will be March 3.

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) listens as former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg makes a point during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
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