Sen. Amy Klobuchar and fellow presidential candidate Tom Steyer were both unable to provide the name of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during one-on-one interviews in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday.
The candidates were taking part in a town hall event held by the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest U.S. Hispanic advocacy group. The only other candidate attending the event in person, Pete Buttigieg, was able to correctly name the president.
Klobuchar bluntly responded “no” when asked whether she knew the name of the president during an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo, while billionaire businessman Steyer said “I forgot” in response to the same question. Buttigieg answered with a slight smile, replying “Lopez Obrador, I hope.”
The three candidates took part in the town hall to discuss issues relevant to Hispanic and Latino voters, who make up over 30 percent of the population in the city. People with Mexican ancestry are said to constitute more than 20 percent of the city’s population.
Sen. Bernie Sanders joined the candidates via a live video link, but he was not involved the one-on-one Telemundo interviews where the candidates were asked about the Mexican president.
Immigration was one of the key topics discussed during the event, with all the candidates condemning the current policies of President Donald Trump.
Buttigieg also blasted Klobuchar for voting to confirm former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who he suggested was responsible for “the horrifying conditions children were kept in.”
Health care was another major focus. Sanders made the case for his “Medicare for all” plan. Buttigieg argued for his “Medicare for all who want it” plan instead, while indirectly accusing Sanders of alienating people who are not “for the revolution.”
“We have this ‘my way or the highway’ politics,” Buttigieg said. “You know, if you’re not with me, you must be against me. If you’re not for the revolution, you must be for the status quo.”
Buttigieg attempted to endear himself to the audience by speaking Spanish at several points during the town hall, although he struggled with vocabulary during his opening remarks, prompting laughter from some in the audience.
While Sanders has recently emerged as the frontrunner in the Democratic race according to national polls, the first two contests for the nomination were close, with Sanders and Buttigieg each narrowly winning a state.
A poll of Nevada released Friday showed Sanders with 25 percent support, seven points ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was third with 13 percent and Steyer followed at 11 percent. Buttigieg and Klobuchar each polled at 10 percent, tying for fifth place.
The Nevada caucus is set to take place on February 22.