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Amy Klobuchar Did Well

The tortoise and the hares. She's steady, calm, and knowledgable. She's accomplished. She's won in red districts in a purple state (not Vermont Blue or Massachusetts Blue). She's turned the State Houses blue. She's never been a Republican like Warren, Bloomberg. She less funded, but she's still standing. Keep at it Amy!

Another big endorsement today. The San Francisco Chronicle

The Mercury News (San Jose) endorsed a couple weeks ago, so the two largest Bay Area newspapers have endorsed Klobuchar.


Seattle Times - Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president

The largest newspaper in Washington state by far:


BIG: Largest SF Area Newspaper Endorses AMY

The United States needs a president who can heal the nation’s deep political divide — who can work with, and appeal to, members of both parties and independents.

Someone with a proven record of collaboration who can meaningfully address climate change, provide health care for all, achieve responsible gun control, resolve the bitterness over immigration, protect our environment, address tech privacy and anti-trust issues, and regain international respect for our country. And someone who can change the tone and tenor of our national politics.

The Democratic candidate who can best do that is Amy Klobuchar.

“I’m someone who tries to find that common ground,” she told our editorial board. “Courage is being willing to stand next to someone you don’t always agree with for the good of this country.”

Of the leading primary contenders, the U.S. senator from Minnesota would provide the party’s best chance of victory in November. She may be too centrist for some voters in our deep blue state. But she understands California’s issues, especially related to technology, better than many of our own elected leaders. Besides, California Democrats and independents participating in the March 3 primary would be wise to remember that their politics are not shared across the nation.

While this state will, for the first time since 2008, have a primary vote early enough to meaningfully affect the nomination, the Golden State will not be a critical factor in the November general election. That race will be decided in swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Which is one of the reasons Klobuchar stands out. She has proven that she can appeal to voters in a purple state. She won reelection in 2018 by capturing 60% of the vote in Minnesota, where two years earlier Hillary Clinton eked out victory with only plurality support of 46%.

Klobuchar applies to her presidential quest the same inclusionary strategy that has bolstered her support in Minnesota. “I am the one that is going to be able to build that coalition of people that can win,” she said. “My policies are bold, but they are practical.”

rticulate and empathetic, with a much-needed sense of humor, Klobuchar is a graduate of Yale and the University of Chicago law school. She worked as a private attorney, was elected prosecutor for Minnesota’s largest county in 1998 and then won a statewide election to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Her grandparents were immigrants. Her Slovenian-born grandfather found work in the iron ore mines of northern Minnesota. “If you have trouble stretching your paycheck to pay for that rent, I know you, and I will fight for you,” she said at this month’s presidential debate. “If you have trouble deciding if you’re going to pay for your childcare or your long-term care, I know you and I will fight for you.”

And she has.

Known in the Capitol for working across the partisan aisle, Klobuchar has passed more than 100 pieces of legislation to, for example, help farmers keep their property through bankruptcy, avoid shortages of key prescription drugs, assist veterans who are victims of sexual assault, strengthen airline safety rules and hold members of Congress personally responsible for sexual harassment claims.

She understands the seriousness of climate change and advocates a carbon tax as part of a plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. If elected, she would immediately return the United States to the Paris Agreement, from which President Trump withdrew in 2017.

She supports universal health care by providing a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid, but opposes the all-government-run system backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And she would reduce prescription drug prices by lifting the ban on Medicare negotiations for better pricing and bringing in less-expensive medications from Canada.

She comes from a state known for hunting, but supports universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and limits on magazine sizes. She supports free college one- and two-year degrees and doubling of federal Pell grants, but opposes making higher education free for wealthy students who don’t need aid.

She is more knowledgeable on tech issues than any candidate in the race. Her reasoned approach balances the need to nurture innovation with the responsibility to prevent monopolistic behavior. Noting that, in the absence of strong federal consumer privacy and protections laws, California and other states are stepping up with their own, Klobuchar calls for smarter federal laws along with reforming anti-trust policy.

She was one of the negotiators of a 2007 bipartisan immigration deal that ran into the buzz saw of right-wing radio. Today, she supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for those here illegally, preserving the DREAM Act that grants residency to immigrants who entered the country as minors, and border security.

She supports bringing most troops home from Afghanistan, Congress reasserting its war authorization role, diplomacy with Iran, a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses.

Infusing it all is Klobuchar’s profound sense of realism. She doesn’t pander.

Discussing health care options during the October debate, she challenged Sanders and Warren’s single-payer approach: “The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done. And we can get this public option done.”

While many other candidates have dropped off the radar and out of the race, Klobuchar has hung on and has finally started to get the media and voter attention she deserves. It’s still early, but the primary pace will accelerate rapidly in the next 2 1/2 weeks with the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29 and the March 3 primaries in 14 states, including California.

The results from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, albeit terribly small, suggest that a majority of Democrats are wisely looking for a centrist candidate. Sanders has garnered the most votes only because the moderate vote splintered between three candidates. Most Democrats are not seeking a political revolution like Sanders and Warren advocate.

Of the centrists, former Vice President Joe Biden’s surprisingly poor finishes raise questions about his staying power; Pete Buttigieg’s only political experience, as mayor of South Bend, Ind., gives one pause, however articulate he may be; and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with troubling questions about his treatment of women, seems to want to bypass the vetting process the others have been subjected to.

Klobuchar is gaining traction because she has become more effective and articulate with each debate. Voters are realizing that she has the energy, character, compassion, intelligence and common sense to win in November.

Californians should support Klobuchar.


Amy doing AWESOME so far. From 6% in polls DAYS ago to 20%!

She is very much in this race. It will be very hard for her to 'instantly' get the tens of millions of dollars others have, and even harder to create as large an organization. But help her out!!!

Two NH tracking Polls show Amy at 14%

Polling USA
· 20m
#NewHampshire Democratic Primary Polling:

Sanders: 27% (+3)
Buttigieg: 19% (-3)
Klobuchar: 14% (+5)
Warren: 12% (-1)
Biden: 12% (+2)
Yang: 3% (-)
Gabbard: 3% (+1)
Steyer: 2% (-)

Suffolk/Boston Globe / Feb 9, 2020 / n=500 / MOE 4.4% / Telephone

(% chg w Feb 8)
The Boston Globe/WBZ/Suffolk New Hampshire daily tracking poll. Both of tonights trackers show Klobuchar at 14% and in 3rd. But Emerson showed her increase slowed very much. She had been much lower in this poll so she shows a plus 5 from yesterday. Bettigieg taking a hit two days in a row as he became a short-lived front-runner. Tough to stay up there. Bernie way less than the 60% he got in 2016, but still an easy cruise for the Vermont neighbor.

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New Emerson Daily Tracking New Hampshire Poll out at 11:00:

Sanders 30% (-)
Buttigieg 23% (+3)
Klobuchar 14% (+1)
Warren 11% (-1)
Biden 10% (-1)


LGBTQ: Klobuchar didn't hesitate to answer this question.


Klobuchar: I am the daughter of a lifelong public school teacher and proud union member.

I am the daughter of a lifelong public school teacher and proud union member.

As President, I will always fight for public education and the right to organize.


BIG: NY Times endorses TWO: Klobuchar and Warren

She promises to put the country on the path — through huge investments in green infrastructure and legislation to lower emissions — to achieve 100 percent net-zero emissions no later than 2050. She pledges to cut childhood poverty in half in a decade by expanding the earned-income and child care tax credits. She also wants to expand food stamps and overhaul housing policy and has developed the field’s most detailed plan for treating addiction and mental illness. And this is all in addition to pushing for a robust public option in health care, free community college and a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Ms. Klobuchar speaks about issues like climate change, the narrowing middle class, gun safety and trade with an empathy that connects to voters’ lived experiences, especially in the middle of the country. The senator talks, often with self-deprecating humor, about growing up the daughter of two union workers, her Uncle Dick’s deer stand, her father’s struggles with alcoholism and her Christian faith.

Ms. Klobuchar promises a foreign policy based on leading by example, instead of by threat-via-tweet. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she serves on the subcommittees responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the nation’s borders and its immigration, citizenship and refugee laws. In 13 years as a senator, she has sponsored and voted on dozens of national defense measures, including military action in Libya and Syria. Her record shows that she is confident and thoughtful, and she reacts to data — what you’d want in a crisis.

All have helped Ms. Klobuchar to be the most productive senator among the Democratic field in terms of bills passed with bipartisan support, according to a recent study for the Center for Effective Lawmaking. When she arrived in the Senate in 2007, Ms. Klobuchar was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that proposed comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants, before conservative pundits made it political poison. Her more recent legislative accomplishments are narrower but meaningful to those affected, especially the legislation aimed at helping crime victims. This is not surprising given her background as the chief prosecutor in Minnesota’s most populous county. For example, one measure she wrote helped provide funds to reduce a nationwide backlog of rape kits for investigating sexual assaults.

Reports of how Senator Klobuchar treats her staff give us pause. They raise serious questions about her ability to attract and hire talented people. Surrounding the president with a team of seasoned, reasoned leaders is critical to the success of an administration, not doing so is often the downfall of presidencies. Ms. Klobuchar has acknowledged she’s a tough boss and pledged to do better. (To be fair, Bill Clinton and Mr. Trump — not to mention former Vice President Biden — also have reputations for sometimes berating their staffs, and it is rarely mentioned as a political liability.)

Ms. Klobuchar doesn’t have the polished veneer and smooth delivery that comes from a lifetime spent in the national spotlight, and she has struggled to gain traction on the campaign trail. In Minnesota, however, she is enormously popular. She has won all three of her Senate elections by double digits. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried nine of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Ms. Klobuchar carried 51 in 2018. And it’s far too early to count Ms. Klobuchar out — Senator John Kerry, the eventual Democrat nominee in 2004, was also polling in the single digits at this point in the race.

Ms. Klobuchar and Ms. Warren right now are the Democrats best equipped to lead that debate.

May the best woman win.



"Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson College Polling, points out that “there was not much movement among the top four candidates in the last month, but Senator Amy Klobuchar jumped 8 points and is a competitor in New Hampshire.”


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