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Mon Apr 22, 2019, 03:42 PM

Amy Klobuchar's Big Idea: Bipartisan Appeal Can Beat Trump

NEVADA, Iowa — She doesn’t speak Norwegian. She never played bass in an emo-punk band. And she isn’t trying to lead a “political revolution.”

But Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, is making a rather traditional political bet. While primary voters might flirt with flashier presidential candidates, in the end, they will settle down with a steady Midwestern senator in 2020. “People are so mad about Donald Trump and the Republicans,” she said during a recent interview in Des Moines. “But remember, this is about actually getting things done. And first of all, winning an election. There’s nothing wrong with anger and passion, but it’s putting it into something that will get results.”


Instead of high school gymnasiums crowded with sweaty, cheering Democrats, there have been health care round tables and tours of ethanol plants. As other candidates roll out the policies of left-wing dreams, Ms. Klobuchar has focused her early proposals on reliably bipartisan concerns like infrastructure and privacy protections for personal data. But as her rivals promise generational change, national unity and sweeping liberal platforms, Ms. Klobuchar’s big idea is far more prosaic: a win.


It’s an unusually explicit electoral appeal aimed squarely at the animating desire of Democratic primary voters: finding a candidate who can defeat Mr. Trump. While Democrats are united around that goal, there’s little consensus over how to achieve it. After a winter in which liberal ideas dominated the primary race, the entrance of more moderate candidates, like Ms. Klobuchar, is prompting a fresh round of soul-searching about whether embracing policies like the Green New Deal and “Medicare for all” could backfire in a general election, alienating the suburban voters who helped lead the party to victory in the midterms.


During her three terms in the Senate, she has not led on divisive issues like immigration, focusing instead on solving consumer-friendly problems like curbing the cost of prescription drugs, tackling opioid abuse, improving the safety of schools and swimming pools, and increasing the oversight of big technology companies.,,Ms. Klobuchar has yet to crack the top tier of the polls, though she has done well enough to earn a place on the debate stage. While she’s hardly a centrist, she has distinguished herself by breaking from the new liberal orthodoxy that has dominated the primary so far. The first policy proposal released by her campaign was a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, an idea that is popular among Republicans and was championed by Mr. Trump during his presidential run.



Her wit and willingness to work across the aisle have made her popular among Republicans, winning her a laudatory column from conservative writer George F. Will and compliments from her G.O.P. colleagues in the Senate and in her home state... Fiercely proud of her bipartisan approach, she heralds the high number of bills she has passed through Congress, the 42 counties Mr. Trump carried that she won last November and the allies she has cultivated across the aisle.




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Mon Apr 22, 2019, 04:16 PM

1. GO Amy!


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