Democratic presidential candidates were baffled when they were asked in a televised interview in Nevada to appoint the Mexican president.
Klobuchar, Steyer and Pete Buttigieg, another Democratic candidate for the 2020 elections, were asked during personal interviews with the Spanish-speaking station Telemundo on Thursday night if they knew the name of the president whose country borders the United States. It’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who assumed the position in December 2018.
“No,” was the response of Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota for three periods.RELATED
Steyer, a millionaire businessman, replied: “I forgot.”
Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was the only one of the three who knew the answer. “López Obrador, I hope,” he said with a smile.
The interviews were conducted after a candidate forum organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest civil rights organization for Hispanics in the United States. Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Steyer were the only 2020 candidates to attend. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont addressed the audience through video.
Nevada has a large immigrant population and Hispanics are crucial voters for Democrats. The state will be the third to intervene in the Democratic presidential nomination when it holds its party assemblies on February 22.