Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) stumbled at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate when recalling the name of Kansas’s female governor.
The Minnesota senator was answering a question about what she would say to those who don’t think a woman could win the presidential election when she mentioned female Democratic governors like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Klobuchar appeared to get tripped up when attempting to name Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D).
“Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach,” Klobuchar said. “And her name is — I’m very proud to know her — and her name is Gov. Kelly.”
Kelly responded to Klobuchar on Twitter saying, “you’re right. Democratic women can win red states.”
Hi @amyklobuchar ♀️ – you’re right. Democratic women can win red states.
— Laura Kelly (@LauraKellyKS) January 14, 2020
But many users took to Twitter to call out Klobuchar.
CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski tweeted the video with the caption, “when you came to class but forgot to do the reading.”
when you came to class but forgot to do the reading pic.twitter.com/sDiHQhIH8a
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 14, 2020
The conservative Media Research Center dubbed the moment “Awkward.”
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) January 14, 2020
Other reporters and conservative voices criticized Klobuchar’s slip-up.
— Isabelle D’Antonio (@belle_dantonio) January 14, 2020
Klobuchar is very proud to know the governor of Kansas – her good friend (consults notes) – her friend she respects so much – (consults notes) – Governor (mutter mutter). #DemDebate
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) January 14, 2020
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 14, 2020
The question posed to Klobuchar was in relation to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) disagreeing over whether Sanders told Warren in December 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency.