Klobuchar lauds Romney's 'courage' while slamming Buttigieg impeachment remark

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) commended Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE (R-Utah) for voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE before turning to slam Democratic presidential rival Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE for saying the impeachment trial was exhausting to watch.

“We had a moment these past few weeks, mayor, and that moment was these impeachment hearings,” Klobuchar began at the Democratic presidential debate on Friday night hosted by ABC News.

“There was a lot of courage that you saw from only a few people. There was courage from Doug Jones, our friend of Alabama who took that tough vote. There was courage from Mitt Romney, who took a very, very difficult vote,” she said to applause. 

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“But what you said, Pete, when you were campaigning through Iowa as three of us were jurors in that impeachment hearing, you said that it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons,” she said. “It is easy to go after Washington because that’s a popular thing to do.” 

“It is much harder to lead and much harder take those difficult positions because I think this going after every single thing that people do because it’s popular to say, it makes you look like a cool newcomer. I just don’t think that’s what people want right now,” she added.

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Klobuchar was referring to comments made by Buttigieg last month when the former South Bend, Ind., mayor remarked about the hearings that Klobuchar and fellow Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) attended.

“If you are watching the news right now, if you’re watching what I’m watching right now, and feeling exhausted — I know I am. I live and breathe politics, and I feel exhausted,” Buttigieg said last month. 

The impeachment saga ended on Capitol Hill on Wednesday after the Republican majority in the Senate voted to acquit President Trump. However, Romney broke with his party and garnered praise from Democrats by voting to convict Trump on the first impeachment article, abuse of power.

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