"She asked me a question at the end that I responded by asking her a question, and I'm sorry I did that".
After tempers cooled, Kavanaugh came back and apologized.
Jennifer Rubin, a conservative commentator for the Washington Post and a prominent critic of President Trump and the GOP, wrote a column later in the evening calling the exchange the "most telling moment" of a hearing in which a yelling, angry Kavanaugh appeared unable or unwilling to get out of attack mode. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the self-described child of an alcoholic.
While he admitted in his congressional testimony that there were probably occasions during his time at Georgetown Prep that he had consumed "too many beers", a combative Kavanaugh denied he had ever gotten out of control or acted inappropriately toward women.
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation within the week.
Klobuchar said she appreciates hearing that, adding again that people with parents who are alcoholics are careful about drinking.
"I, no, I remember what happened", Kavanaugh replied.
With the law change in Maryland, where the students lived and where the offending house party presumably would have occurred, no one in Kavanaugh's class was of legal age unless they were 21. This is a tough process.
Democrats, meanwhile, were effusive in their praise and defense of Klobuchar. "We are incredibly fortunate to have her representing us in the U.S. Senate".
Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar for his remarks.
Klobuchar's handling of the exchange and her questioning during the hearing also fueled more social media buzz for a presidential run - a long-rumored possibility for the senator - than she's ever generated.
"This is in the hands of really two of my colleagues, Senator Collins and Senator Murkowski", she said.
But Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in that state when he was a high schooler - he was still 17 when that state's drinking age was increased to 21 on July 1, 1982. Now, her line of inquiry will likely be picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which the Judiciary Committee asked to investigate Ford's claims in a surprising move on Friday.
"I started my last colloquy by saying to Sen".
He also told the committee, "If every American who drinks beer or every American who drank beer in high school is suddenly presumed guilty of sexual assault, it will be an ugly new place in this country". Klobuchar said, looking somewhat surprised by the response. The tenor of those exchanges was partly due to Kavanaugh's resentment of questions he deemed nosy and irrelevant.