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Amy Klobuchar

D

Twitter Followers: 1.1M

2019


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Personal Details

Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Klobuchar was elected to the office on November 7, 2006. On February 10, 2019, Klobuchar formally announced she was running for president in 2020.

Klobuchar won her third term in the Senate after defeating challengers Jim Newberger (R), Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Party), and Paula Overby (G) in the general election on November 6, 2018. She advanced to the general election after winning the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018.

Klobuchar was mentioned as a possible nominee to replace former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016. Ultimately, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland.

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar was an attorney in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Klobuchar is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Klobuchar was born in 1960 and grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 1982, and she received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. While attending Yale, Klobuchar interned for Vice President Walter Mondale (D).

Prior to running for public office, Klobuchar was a partner at the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty. She was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998 with 50.4 percent of the vote and re-elected in 2002 with no opposition. She served as county attorney until 2006, the year she was first elected to the U.S. Senate.

Klobuchar won that election with 58 percent of the vote, and she was re-elected with over 60 percent support in 2012 and 2018. In 2014, Senate Democrats elected Klobuchar as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, which works with advocacy groups, policy experts, and intergovernmental organizations to shape policy positions.

Klobuchar has published two books: Uncovering the Dome—based off her Yale senior essay on the politics surrounding the construction of the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome—in 1986 and the memoir The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland in 2015.

Below is an abbreviated version of Klobuchar's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2007-Present: U.S. Senator from Minnesota
  • 1999-2006: Hennepin County Attorney
  • Partner at Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty law firms
  • 1985: Graduated from the University of Chicago with a Juris Doctor
  • 1982: Graduated from Yale University 1982, magna cum laude

Possible 2016 SCOTUS nominee

Prior to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, Klobuchar was mentioned as a possible nominee to replace former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016.

Education

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993
  • Chair of Steering Committee, Democratic Leadership, United States Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006, 2012, 2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Co-Chair, Medical Device Caucus, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Member, Commerce, Science and Transportation

Member, Joint Committee on Printing

Member, Joint Committee on the Library

Member, Joint Economic Committee

Member, Judiciary

Ranking Member, Rules and Administration

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights

Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration

Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet

Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources

Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security

Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops

Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts

Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy

Member, Subcommittee on Security

Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993
  • Chair of Steering Committee, Democratic Leadership, United States Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006, 2012, 2018
  • Member, President's Export Council, present
  • Former President, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
  • Former Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Woman To Watch, American Prospect;
  • Best in Congress, Working Mother Magazine;
  • Award for her work to fight sexual assault in the military, Service Women's Action Network;
  • Outstanding Member of the Senate Award, National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition;
  • Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve;
  • Outstanding Member of the Senate Award, National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition;
  • Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

  • Jim

  • Newspaper Reporter

  • Rose

  • Elementary School Teacher

— Publications:

  • "Uncovering the Dome"
  • "The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland"

Elections

2020

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Klobuchar formally announced she was running for president on February 10, 2019.

2018

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar (D) defeated Jim Newberger (R), Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party), and Paula Overby (G) in the general election for U.S. Senate Minnesota on November 6, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
60.3%
1,566,174 Votes

Jim Newberger (R)
36.2%
940,437 Votes

Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party)
2.6%
66,236 Votes

Paula Overby (G)
0.9%
23,101 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
931 Votes

Total votes: 2,596,879
(100% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar defeated Steve Carlson, Stephen Emery, David Robert Groves, and Leonard Richards in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
95.7%
557,306 Votes

Steve Carlson (D)
1.7%
9,934 Votes

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Stephen Emery (D)
1.2%
7,047 Votes

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David Robert Groves (D)
0.8%
4,511 Votes

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Leonard Richards (D)
0.6%
3,552 Votes

Total votes: 582,350

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Jim Newberger defeated Merrill Anderson, Rae Hart Anderson, and Roque De La Fuente in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Jim Newberger (R)
69.5%
201,531 Votes

Merrill Anderson (R)
15.7%
45,492 Votes

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Rae Hart Anderson (R)
8.9%
25,883 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
5.9%
17,051 Votes

Total votes: 289,957


2012

Klobuchar ran for re-election in 2012. She defeated Jack Shepard, Darryl Stanton and Dick Franson in the Democratic primary. She defeated Republican Kurt Bills, Independence Party candidate Stephen Williams, candidate Timothy Davis, and Minnesota Open Progressives candidate Michael Cavlan in the November general election.

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar Incumbent 65.2% 1,854,595
Republican Kurt Bills 30.5% 867,974
Independence Stephen Williams 2.6% 73,539
Grassroots Tim Davis 1.1% 30,531
Progressive Michael Cavlan 0.5% 13,986
Total Votes 2,843,207
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Full history


Policy Positions

Presidential Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar has fought for and will continue to support legislation that protects a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.

Budget

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports raising income tax rates on the wealthiest Americans who make over $200,000 a year. She supports expanding support for programs like Social Security and Medicare and believes that these programs must remain solvent for generations to come.

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

3. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supported and advocated for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which corrected some of the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind by giving states and local school districts more flexibility to make decisions about how best to meet students' needs. She supported restoring responsibility to the states to determine how best to use federally required tests for accountability purposes.

Energy & Environment

1. Other or expanded principles
- On day one of Senator Klobuchar's presidency she will get us back into the International Climate Change Agreement. On day two and day three, she will bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards that the Obama Administration put into place. And she will put forward sweeping legislation that includes carbon pricing, provides a landmark investment in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure, provides incentives for tougher building codes, promotes rural renewable energy and development, and promotes buy clean policies.

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes that gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. She supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the boyfriend loophole by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms.

Health Care

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports universal health care for all Americans and she believes the quickest way to get there is through a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid. She supports changes to the Affordable Care Act to help bring down costs to consumers, including providing cost-sharing reductions, making it easier for states to put reinsurance in place, and continuing to implement delivery system reform. And she's been fighting her whole life to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

2. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes it is time to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of our politics, as well as establish a campaign finance system that increases the power of small donors through a matching system for small donations.

Economy

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports investing in our nation's infrastructure. To pay for this infrastructure investment, she supports repealing the regressive portions of the 2017 Republican tax bill.

2. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Immigration

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act, border security and a path to earned citizenship.

2. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

3. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes that the military option should always remain on the table. She supports reducing the troop presence in Afghanistan.

2. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Administrative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- Senator Klobuchar's top priorities are ensuring shared economic prosperity, which includes reducing health care costs, bringing down prescription drug prices, and making a major infrastructure investment paid for by corporate tax reform and changes to the international tax code. She is also committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is crucial to moving our economy and our country forward. And Senator Klobuchar will take immediate action to tackle the climate crisis, because climate change isn't happening in 100 years, it is happening now.

Trade

1. Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports fair trade agreements that include strong labor and environmental standards and she will continue her work to strengthen trade enforcement.

Defense

1. Do you support increasing defense spending?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar will focus on making the right investments in our nation's defense and she will make sure we are responding to the threats our country actually faces today, including cyber-attacks.

Endorsements
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Speeches
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Anti-Sanders Coalition Forms as Buttigieg, Klobuchar Back Biden

Mar. 3, 2020

For them, it is over. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg suspended their campaigns, packed their things late Monday, and prepared to end their feud. The also-ran candidates’ bickering stopped in Dallas where they endorsed fellow moderate Joe Biden for president. And that hasty peace is the latest evidence of an emerging binary choice in the Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders is the man to beat while Joe Biden is quickly becoming the establishment horse to back as voters in 14 states cast their Super Tuesday votes. Buttigieg went first. “I’m delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden,” the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., told a small crowd at an appearance outside a Dallas restaurant Monday evening. “He is somebody of such extraordinary grace and kindness and empathy.” Klobuchar went next. "He can bring our country together and build that coalition of that fired-up Democratic base as well as independents as well as moderate Republicans. Because we do not, in our party, want to eke by with a victory. We want to win big," the Minnesota senator said at a Biden rally Monday night. The two failed contenders didn’t share the same stage, but together they stirred up a whole lot of emotions -- some more positive than others. Biden and his supporters were already ecstatic after dominating the South Carolina primary. The endorsements, then, were icing on the cake. “The consolidation is clearly happening,” Matt Bennett, president of the centrist group Third Way, told RealClearPolitics. “It'll be complete on Wednesday, one way or the other.” After Super Tuesday, he predicted that either Mike Bloomberg or Biden will emerge as the moderate foil to the extremism of Sanders: “There will only be one.” Things could be over as soon as they begin for the former New York City mayor, who skipped the four early contests to spend time and money blitzing Super Tuesday states. For a while, that looked like a wise bet as Biden imploded in Iowa and New Hampshire. After South Carolina, not so much. “The plan was to win big tomorrow,” a senior Bloomberg aide told RCP on Monday. “If that happens, then it’s going according to plan. If not...” Looking from the outside in, Republican operatives were having flashbacks to 2016. A populist named Donald Trump was running for president, and rather than take him seriously, the  establishment candidates crowded each other out until it was too late. “It’s not apple to apples,” Tim Miller said in comparing the 2020 Democratic primary to the previous Republican one. He was the spokesman for Jeb Bush last time around, the once mighty Florida governor and presumed establishment champion. But Bush dropped out after a disappointing showing in South Carolina and the other candidates, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, refused to make peace to oppose the upstart front-runner Trump. Klobuchar and Buttigieg are not so hard-headed. Miller said that by walking away before Super Tuesday, the two moderates have given Biden “a realistic path toward the nomination.” He added, however, that these endorsements “were necessary, but not sufficient, for stopping Sanders.” It is possible, the former GOP flack said, “that a consolidation might not matter because, in the end, voters might be for Sanders.” But consolidation does have two immediate and undeniable effects, observers from across the spectrum say. First, it gave Biden the spotlight 24 hours before voters cast their ballots. Second, and perhaps more critically, it signals to donors that that there is no longer an embargo on Joe, that they can give freely and generously to his campaign. And the former vice president needs the money if he wants to survive over the long haul. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he had raised $18 million in February, $5 million “during the victory in South Carolina.” It was an impressive total, but one dwarfed by Sanders, who raised $46.5 million in the same period. This is why Biden needs the checkbooks of Buttigieg and Klobuchar donors. The Sanders camp knows as much, and these new developments aren’t going over well. “A brokered convention is a gift to Donald Trump,” Nomiki Konst, a national Sanders surrogate, told RCP. By staying in the contest, she asserted, Biden is needlessly extending the race to sabotage the insurgent front-runner. “Joe Biden, right now, is a mercenary for Donald Trump,” Konst said. And that makes Buttigieg and Klobuchar “Biden mercenaries.” “Maybe we should be asking why the Democratic Party is allowing this to happen,” Konst added, “and if their intention is really to win the election.” Those in the establishment wing insist it’s not just about unseating the president. It’s also about keeping the party from going off the deep end philosophically and politically. “On the meta-level, there's a choice between Democrats who believe in capitalism and then the democratic socialist who doesn't. That's a very fundamental question,” Bennett said. Sanders has been so eager to push the policy envelope that he risks losing large swaths of voters, he continued. “Are we going to propose to people that we spend $33 trillion, take away health care coverage of 180 million people, and upend the system?” he asked. “Or are we going to propose that we perfect the thing that we started with the ACA? That's the choice.” The left and the center-left and the right seem to agree on one thing: their opposition to Bloomberg. The Sanders campaign has long attacked him over his billions, while the Biden campaign seems annoyed that someone else would present himself as yet another establishment alternative. “Mike Bloomberg,” Miller argued, was essentially “running Bernie Sanders’ super PAC.” Every vote and each delegate that Bloomberg wins, he continued, is a voter or delegate out of reach for Biden. “He is just helping Bernie Sanders get closer to the plurality that he needs to be the nominee,” Miller added. “I think it's very strange to spend three-quarters of a billion dollars to help democratic socialism take over your party.”Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Shouting Match Breaks Out on South Carolina Debate Stage

Feb. 26, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One night after a dinner noted for its decorum and Southern civility, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates eagerly savaged one another, seeking advantage just four days before the pivotal South Carolina primary. All of the candidates on the debate stage Tuesday night hold positions at least as progressive as the last Democratic president’s. The overarching narrative, then, tumbled into arguments about electability and effectiveness. CBS moderators asked Bernie Sanders, the current front-runner, how he planned to pay for $50 trillion in proposed new spending, including an estimated $30 trillion for “Medicare for All.” Could he do the math on stage? “How many hours do you have?” he shot back. “That’s the problem,” Joe Biden interrupted. Annoyed by the former vice president’s snarky aside, the self-described democratic socialist asserted that people’s overall health care outlays would go down as government spending goes up. “What we need to do,” Sanders said, “is to do what every other major country on Earth does: guarantee health care to all people, not have thousands of separate insurance plans." He barely got this answer out before Amy Klobuchar interrupted. Not only would his spending dwarf the American economy, the Minnesota senator complained, Sanders was out of step with what voters want. All of it, she continued, would amount to “a bunch of broken promises that sound good on bumper stickers.” Sanders tried shouting a rebuttal as Pete Buttigieg started talking over him. When the moderators finally quieted the cross-talk, the former South Bend, Ind., mayor had calculated the political cost to Democrats: “It adds up to four more years of Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, and the inability to get the Senate into Democratic hands.” Sanders was hardly the innocent victim of this sort of exchange. He got the first question: How could he convince voters to turn away from President Trump when the economy is doing so well? The Vermont senator turned his answer into an attack on the former mayor of New York, a deep-pocketed latecomer to the race: “Well, you're right. The economy is doing really great for people like Mr. Bloomberg and other billionaires.” Bloomberg responded in kind, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Trump to remain in the White House, which is “why Russia is helping you get elected, so you will lose to him.” It was a reference to unsubstantiated reports that Russia is backing the new front-runner with a disinformation campaign, and Sanders countered by citing Bloomberg’s past praise of the leader of communist China: “I'm not a good friend of President Xi of China. I think President Xi is an authoritarian leader.” The dueling references to foreign tyrants was unusual at a debate that was supposed to focus on kitchen table issues. Biden holds an eight-percentage-point lead in South Carolina and has long insisted that he would succeed in a more diverse state that better reflects the makeup of the country. But he was left sputtering as moderators failed to stifle all the shouting. “I guess the only way to do this is to jump in and speak twice as long as you should,” he said with exasperation when other candidates kept talking over the allotted 90-second limit. “I know you cut me off all the time, but I’m not going to be quiet anymore, OK?” he complained when a moderator tried to cut another answer short. "Why am I stopping? No one else stops," he later sighed. Biden has the most to lose in South Carolina after finishing fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and second in Nevada. He has built a last-ditch firewall in the Southern state. To preserve it, he invoked the name of his old boss to attack Sanders, noting how Sanders had mulled a 2012 primary challenge against Barack Obama. Being a true progressive doesn’t mean passing purity tests, he said. “Progressive is getting things done,” Biden argued, “and that's what we got done. We got a lot done.” Critiques such as this one weren’t uttered only by moderates. Elizabeth Warren and Sanders share a similar policy portfolio, she noted, “but I think I would make a better president than Bernie” because “getting a progressive agenda enacted is going to be really hard, and it's going to take someone who digs into the details to make it happen.” No one accused Bloomberg of not getting things done. It was what the former mayor has done that drew his competitors’ criticism. They accused him of enforcing racist stop-and-frisk policies as mayor and of forcing female former employees to sign non-disclosure agreements in settling complaints about inappropriate comments he allegedly made. When Warren leveled that last charge, the billionaire objected. He had already released three women from those contracts, and besides she was just “relitigating” an old issue. At this, Buttigieg jumped in: “And if you get nominated, we'll be re-litigating this all year.” The barbs and counter-barbs and counter-counter-barbs went on and on. Should Sanders become the nominee, Trump will use the standard-bearer’s far-left ideology as a cudgel against him, billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer said. He previewed the president’s attack, starting politely enough by  praising the front-runner for identifying many of the problems facing the country. “The difference is,” Steyer continued, “I don't like his solutions. I don't believe that a government takeover of large parts of the economy makes any sense for working people or for families.” This criticism was tamely expressed compared to the attacks Sanders received over his recent comments about Cuba, in particular his praise of Fidel Castro’s “literacy programs.” Yes, Sanders replied, he had trumpeted such social initiatives advanced by the late dictator. No, the senator continued, he had not endorsed the authoritarianism that accompanied them. But again, this was too much for Buttigieg: Democrats would fail, he said, if they must champion a nominee who encouraged the public to “look at the bright side of the Castro regime.” “I’m not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Trump, with nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s, and Sanders, with nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” he continued. There were other arguments, most of them accompanied by raised voices. It was a noisy and final debate before the last dance ahead of not just the Palmetto State’s primary but Super Tuesday. Some were surprised by the tumult, including Steyer, who told RealClearPolitics that “the debate got a little away from the moderators from time to time, for sure.” Others were more than disappointed, including a senior South Carolina Democratic official. “The staff of these candidates are performing political malpractice,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “This was an opportunity to connect with the folks of South Carolina — to share the stories and heartaches, the dreams and pains of the people they have met over the past year.” “They all failed miserably,” the official concluded. South Carolina votes on Saturday.Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Democrats' Only Hope

Feb. 21, 2020

The pre-Nevada Democratic debate was a gift to Donald Trump. Instead of training their fire on the incumbent, or on the vulnerable front-runner, Bernie Sanders, the candidates tore Mike Bloomberg to shreds while saving plenty of darts for one another. That nice young man Pete Buttigieg became that supercilious egoist needling Amy Klobuchar over trifles. Elizabeth Warren the policy wonk became Elizabeth Warren the Terminator. Bottom line: A clear win for Sanders, which can be seen as an indirect win for Trump. Bloomberg had a dismal night. Coming out from behind the curtain of gauzy advertising was not kind to him. He was arrogant. Asked why he hasn't yet released his taxes he said, "I can't go to TurboTax." His apology/explanation for stop-and-frisk was stiff and unconvincing, as Elizabeth Warren and others were quick to point out. He could have framed it in terms that a Democratic audience would view sympathetically -- that the point of stop-and-frisk was to get illegal guns off the streets. He could have elaborated on his long-standing anti-gun activism (which has the advantage of being true). And then he could have said that while the program was successful in reducing crime, specifically murders and other gun crimes almost entirely in minority neighborhoods, it went too far and needed to be scaled back. Also, in one of the worst word choices of this primary season, Bloomberg explained that he wouldn't release women from nondisclosure agreements because the contracts were "consensual." Now might be a good time to reconsider the belief that money can buy the presidency. Remember Tom Steyer? I thought not. He's a billionaire who's still in the race for the Democratic nomination. He had spent, as of last month, $123,803,204.00. And what did that get him? He finished seventh in Iowa and sixth in New Hampshire. Due to low poll numbers, he didn't make the cut for the debate stage in Nevada. Sure, Bloomberg's billions make Steyer seem like a pauper, but money without message has a poor track record in American politics. Some wealthy candidates succeed. But many do not. Ask Michael Huffington or Meg Whitman. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 263 millionaire candidates contributed at least half a million dollars to their own campaigns for congress between 2002 and 2014. Eighty-four percent of them lost. Bloomberg has his virtues. He's a centrist and a good administrator with relevant experience. His passions for climate action and gun control track well with the Democratic Party. But his downsides, as we discovered at the first debate, are potential anchors: --A history of vulgar comments to and about women. --His age (78). --His lack of human warmth. If Mike Bloomberg's pure aim were to deny Donald Trump reelection, he would withdraw from the race and put his vast resources in the service of Amy Klobuchar. Among all of the Democratic candidates, she is the most likely to defeat Trump. Every other candidate, including Bloomberg, is dragging a ton of baggage. Elizabeth Warren is vulnerable for her history of misrepresenting herself as a minority and for her embrace of hard-left policies. She claims to pay for her wish list of goodies by imposing a wealth tax that 1) might be unconstitutional; 2) would not remotely cover all her spending ideas; and 3) might dampen economic growth. Pete Buttigieg has run the fourth-largest city in the 17th-most populous state in the U.S. His record was spotty. Crime increased by 70%. He is a great talker. So bright. But he is also the first openly gay man to seek a major party nomination. According to a 2020 Gallup poll, 78% would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate, which is better than the 29% who said so in 1983, but nowhere near the 96% who say they'd vote for a black candidate. Joe Biden is older than Sanders and Bloomberg. His brain seems to have different ideas from his tongue about where his sentences should go. Also, he has to answer for 50 years of bad decisions. Bernie Sanders is a festival of weakness. His proposal to ban fracking alone could lose Pennsylvania, and thus, the November election. Like a reverse magnet, he repels every suburbanite who crossed over to vote blue in 2018. Even most Democrats oppose "Medicare for All" and the rest of his dorm-incubated agenda. His past admiration of leftist dictatorships ("bread lines are good!") will haunt him. And that Gallup poll found that only 45% would vote for a socialist. Amy Klobuchar is rumored to be tough on her staff. That's it. She's a solid, midwestern senator who wins in her home state by double-digit margins. She's sane and centrist. And she's the Democratic Party's only hope. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Events

2020

Mar. 2
Denver Rally with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Mon 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM MST

Mile High Station (2727 West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204)

Mar. 2
Salt Lake City Rally with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Mon 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM MST

The Depot (13 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)

Mar. 1
St Louis Park Rally with US Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Sun 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM CST

Saint Louis Park High School (6425 W 33rd Street Saint Louis Park, MN 55426)