The Latest: Klobuchar jabs at O’Rourke’s ‘born to run’ line

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar) is jabbing at fellow Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke for saying he was “just born to be in” in the White House race.

Minnesotan says that “growing up in the ’70s, in the middle of the country, I don’t think many people thought a girl could be president. I wasn’t born to run. But I am running.”

Klobuchar tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it was “probably more when I got to college” that she thought she might run for president one day.

She says “It’s something that’s happened over time, as I’ve realized I can do things.”

Asked whether she feels “born to do this,” she says: “Oh, that’s the Beto line.”

He made the comment in a Vanity Fair interview.


8 a.m.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) says he’s met a fundraising threshold to participate in this summer’s debates.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor said says he’s received contributions from more than 65,000 individual donors.

The Democratic National Committee said last month up to 20 candidates can qualify for the debates by collecting donations from at least 65,000 individuals, with at least 200 unique donors in at least 20 states. They also can qualify by reaching 1 percent support in at least three national or early primary state polls.

In an email to supporters Buttigieg says “we weren’t even close” to 65,000 donors when the DNC announced the requirement. The 37-year-old veteran says more than 76,000 people have now donated.

The debates will be held in June and July.


6 a.m.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand) has spent more than a month traveling around the country to gauge support for a 2020 presidential campaign, and the New York senator says she’s now in the race.

Gillibrand is joining the dozen-plus contenders, saying in a campaign video that the nation needs “a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices. Someone who isn’t afraid of progress. That’s why I’m running for president.”

She says her debut speech as a candidate will come next Sunday in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York.

Gillibrand has been one of the most forceful critics of the Trump administration. Using the backdrop of one of President Donald Trump’s marquee properties is the latest example of that.

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