Although public opinion polls continue to show her trailing the leaders in the Democratic presidential race by considerable margins, we believe Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar is worthy of another from Democrats seeking to win the general election next year.
For several months, the top five candidates in the Democratic race have been Joe Biden of Delaware, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Pete Buttigieg of Indiana and Kamala Harris of California. However, what many pundits consider a strong performance from Klobuchar during the Oct. 15 debate may give her momentum at the right time.
“It was really important to make the case that there are other ways to do things, and it doesn’t mean you’re not fighting,” Klobuchar told the Associated Press.
“I’m someone who believes in retail politics, believes in telling the truth to people and sometimes that’s harder to do if you’re just battling on the airwaves,” she added. “But it’s much easier to do in the states where people really want to meet you and really want to see your face.”
In New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary race, Klobuchar’s Real Clear Politics polling average is now 2.3%, which seems rather paltry compared to Warren’s 27.3%.
Still, as Klobuchar pointed out when she challenged Warren during the debate, Warren has not explained how she is going to pay for some of her more ambitious plans, particularly Medicare for All. This could be a problem for Warren during the general election in battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Klobuchar, 59, earned a degree in political science from Yale University before graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. She served as the district attorney for Minnesota’s largest county from January 1999 to January 2007. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, while being re-elected in 2012 and 2018.
New Hampshire Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli of Nashua said Klobuchar is her preferred candidate.
“She answers questions directly and honestly. She doesn’t pander and she doesn’t bash other candidates,” Pignatelli said of Klobuchar. “She does her homework. She’d be a champion for the middle class. She is very committed to climate chaos issues, gun safety legislation and many other things in which I believe.”
As left-wing Democrats continue to whine about the Electoral College system, they are wasting their time because the process is not going away anytime soon. When competing in Rust Belt states, it seems to us that Klobuchar would be a solid option for the Democrats.