Here’s the real Democratic debate: Which one can defeat Donald Trump?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar questioned whether Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor of a small, Democratic-leaning city meant he could win in red and purple districts, as she has in Minnesota. “He said the right words, but I have the experience,” she said. “I think experience should matter.”

Buttigieg was ready for that charge.

“I know that from the perspective of Washington, what goes on in my city might look small,” he said. “But frankly, where we live, the infighting on Capitol Hill is what looks small.” The focus on Buttigieg reflected his remarkable rise to the front of the field in the opening states of Iowa and New Hampshire since the last debate, in October. That made him a target.

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