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For candidates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), tonight’s fifth Democratic presidential debate is a critical opportunity to climb up in the polls. One of the best ways to do that is by delivering a memorable sound byte.
Roughly 30 minutes into the two-hour-long debate on MSNBC, Klobuchar seized her moment while making a point about campaign finance.
“I’m someone that doesn’t come from money … right now we have a system that isn’t fair,” she began.
Klobuchar continued to say that, if elected president, she would work to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the widely criticized U.S. Supreme Court case that opened the door to endless amounts of corporate and dark money in politics.
After noting that, without gerrymandering and voter roll purges, “Stacy Abrams would be governor in this state right now,” Klobuchar talked about fundraising for her first Senate campaign.
“I literally called everyone I knew and I set what is still an all-time Senate record,” she said.
“I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends and I’d like to point out it is not an expanding base.”
The stump-tested line immediately turned heads.
Listen all critical opinions about Amy Klobuchar aside, getting your ex boyfriends to give you $17,000 is big dick energy— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) November 21, 2019
$17k from ex boyfriends, Stacey abrams, a woman would need to accomplish more than Buttigieg - klobuchar absolutely legendary tonight— Genevieve Angelson (@GenevieveAngel) November 21, 2019
Senator Klobuchar has gotten some laughs saying she has broken a fundraising record getting donations from ex boyfriends. She also asked everyone to play a game naming their favorite female president. #DemDebate— Ryan Schmelz (@rschmelztv) November 21, 2019
fact check: true— reaction gif boyfriend (@blocchainprenup) November 21, 2019
source: amy klobuchar is my ex girlfriend and i gave her $17,000 pic.twitter.com/Yg3GIxEQaY
Klobuchar constantly bringing up ex boyfriends like we’re all dying for her sexy single cam comedy— Beth Newell (@bethnew) November 21, 2019
Klobuchar just said “in my first campaign, I set a senate record. I raised $17,000 from ex boyfriends”— emma h (@earthnerdemma) November 21, 2019
I SCREAMED ADJAKSJSHKS AMY
Amy Klobuchar raised 17 thousand dollars from her ex boyfriends and I still let them all use my Netflix password— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) November 21, 2019
Amy Klobuchar telling the anecdote about raising 17k from ex boyfriends is the best thing I’ve heard in this debate.— nastywomancosmetics (@nastywomanco) November 21, 2019
Klobuchar remains down in the polls, but her stock is going up on social media.
Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.