Amy Klobuchar says she raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends

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.

Klobuchar remains down in the polls, but her stock is going up on social media.

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Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

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.