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Klobuchar admits eating a salad with a comb, and agrees she can be 'too tough' on staff

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/9/2019 Emily Goodin

a group of people standing in front of a microphone: Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar answers questions at the annual SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar answers questions at the annual SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday. Democratic presidential contender Amy Klobuchar admitted on Saturday she did eat a salad with a comb but brushed it off as a "mom thing" she did because she didn't have a fork.

During her talk at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the senator downplayed a New York Times story that she berated an aide for forgetting to get her a fork when buying her a salad.

"No one feels good when they read a story like that," Klobuchar said.

"It was me sort of doing a mom thing, I didn't have a fork so I used a comb to eat salad on a plane," she added.

She reiterated an explanation for the stories of her being a tough boss by explaining she has high expectations. 

"Like I have said I have high expectations for myself. I have expectations for the people that work for me," she said.

"I know I can be tough on people — sometimes too tough," she conceded. She added: "But I also know I have incredible people that work for me."

Klobuchar answered the question on the comb story quickly, talking rapidly in her explanation for what happened. 

"Running for president should be a likability contest," she said. 

And she didn't dwell on the subject.  

"You move on and you make sure you have the right staff around you at all the time to get the job done," she said, adding that the 2020 race is a "fishbowl."

She shrugged off a question as to whether she was being held to a different standard as a female candidate. 

"I can't waste my time analyzing it because the stakes are too high and I care too much," she said.  

Klobuchar spoke to a three-quarters-full auditorium at the annual festival in Austin. The crowd was a mix of older and younger people, predominately women.

She answered a series of questions on the news of the day: saying she did not agree with Rep. Ilhan Omar's Israel comments, that the special counsel's report on the Russia investigation should be made public and she refused to comment on whether President Trump should be impeached.

Klobuchar noted she did not agree with her fellow Minnesota lawmaker's remarks on allegiance to other nations. 

"I did not agree with what the representative said there because I believe you can be true to your country and advocate for another country whether it's Israel or Canada," she said of Omar.

The freshman Democratic representative from Minnesota caused an outrage when she said she didn't think it was "okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution condemning hate speech after Democrats battled each other over how to respond to Omar's remarks. 

She also said former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's sentence of less than four years was "appalling to me" and argued Robert Mueller's report on his Russia investigation should be made public.  

She refused to answer whether Trump should be impeached.

"We are in (a) different position in the Senate. We are the jury. I never comment on evidence. I didn't as a prosecutor," she said. "I never weigh in on what is impeachable."

She also slammed the president for slamming the media. 

"We have a president in the White House that tweets whatever he wants in the morning but doesn't respect the amendment that allows him to do it," she said.

Klobuchar argued her electability was her greatest asset in the crowded Democratic primary.

With 14 candidates  — so far — in the battle for the Democratic nomination, Klobuchar pointed out she has won all three of her Senate elections in her home state of Minnesota, including "every single congressional district every single time, including Michele Bachmann's."

Bachmann was an ultra-conservative member of Congress.

Klobuchar also pointed out Minnesota is a purple state that Trump nearly won in 2016. He lost it by one point.  

Klobuchar, who is also known for her sense of humor, threw out plenty of one-liners to the crowd. 

"That's something you'll see me do, use humor," she told the crowd. 

"In Minnesota we can see Canada from our porch," she joked when talking about prescription drugs coming in from Canada. 

She also dubbed Trump "Mr. Umbrella man" after he mocked her for standing in the snow during her presidential announcement. 

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