Sen. Amy Klobuchar made a final pitch to voters in a heated debate before the Democratic Presidential primary in South Carolina.
Six candidates took the stage in Charleston Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s primary. Klobuchar took the opportunity to emphasize her electability and contrast herself with candidates on issues like healthcare and housing.
She also had a message for her fellow Democrats, warning them to cut down on the personal attacks.
"If we spend the next four months tearing our party apart, we're going to watch Donald Trump spend the next four years tearing our country apart," she said.
She did go on to say, however, that frontrunner Bernie Sanders should not get the nomination.
Early in the debate, Klobuchar fielded a question from Twitter on how she would ensure equitable housing and education for those working minimum wage jobs.
Klobuchar said she would work to end the backlog of Section 8 applicants and provide incentives to build and pay for more affordable housing units. The issue is not unique to cities, she said.
“This isn’t just an urban problem. It is a big urban problem, but it’s also a rural problem where we have housing deserts,” she said.
Klobuchar said she would also support a bill that expands access to hospitals, including emergency rooms, in rural areas.
Klobuchar took the chance to explain how her education plan differs from candidates who support tuition-free public college. Klobuchar said she would institute incentives for people to enter the healthcare field and provide tuition-free college for one and two year programs.
One of the last questions dealt with how each candidate would address the recent coronavirus outbreak in China and throughout parts of the world.
Klobuchar said she would start by fully funding the Center for Disease Control, which has seen its budgets cut under the Trump Administration. She then encouraged viewers to visit the CDC’s website if they suspect they may be experiencing symptoms.
Candidates were finally asked two questions to finish the debate: what one misconception about them is and what their motto is.
Klobuchar said her misconception would be that she’s "boring." She quoted former Senator from Minnesota Paul Wellstone, who said: "Politics is about improving people’s lives."
Sanders quizzed on gun record
With Tuesday the last pitch for voters prior to the South Carolina primary, candidates took their opportunities to put pressure on frontrunner, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.
Gun safety was brought up again, with former Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Sanders' opposition to the Brady Bill in 1993. The bill established a five-day waiting period before an individual could purchase a handgun.
Sanders said he regretted the decision and pointed to his D minus rating from the National Rifle Association.
Tuesday’s debate was the second chance for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to take to the debate stage. Sen. Elizabeth Warren again criticized Bloomberg’s use of non-disclosure agreements for allegations of inappropriate comments to employees.
Bloomberg released three women from NDA’s last week, according to NPR.
With Super Tuesday now less than a week away, there is increasing pressure on some of the more moderate candidates to drop out in an effort to cut down Sanders' lead.
Campaigning on Sunday, Klobuchar told reporters, per the Star Tribune: "Why would I get out? That’s not even a close call for me."