A virtual fundraiser with Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar next week is being billed to potential donors with an explicit reference to Klobuchar being a potential running mate, the New York Times reports.
NBC News: “While other candidates are working to shore up support ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3 by making stops in bigger states like California and Texas with large delegate hauls, Klobuchar’s campaign has made a different calculation to try to stay viable — go small.”
“In the past 36 hours, Klobuchar held public events in her home state of Minnesota, where she’s leading in polls, North Dakota (which doesn’t caucus until March 10) and in the additional Super Tuesday states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.”
Jennifer Rubin: Klobuchar’s uncompelling argument to stay in the race.
Michael Kruse: “What I heard from the voters I talked to was mounting angst and indecision. That Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are too far to the left. That Biden is too old. That Pete Buttigieg is too young. That Tom Steyer has too much money. I heard them yearn for a candidate who was just right, squarely in the middle, in the middle of the age range, and of the political spectrum, and of the country itself.”
“And I heard these voters, men and women, self-described moderates interested enough to at least come to watch Klobuchar, 59, praise her for her bipartisan bent and legislative success and the way she’s run this race, and then often stop short of pledging their full support. Almost every conversation I had eventually touched on her gender.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar “has met the donor threshold to compete in September’s third Democratic debate,” NBC News reports.
“Klobuchar’s campaign previously said she’d met the polling qualification of at least two percent in four major surveys for the ABC-hosted debate in Houston, Texas. But meeting the donor threshold makes her the eighth of 24 candidates to check both qualifying boxes.”
“Sen. Amy Klobuchar has outlined actions she will take to address climate change and health care atop a long list of wide-ranging priorities for her first 100 days in office if she’s elected president in 2020,” CNN reports.
“According to an 18-page list obtained by CNN, on day one the Minnesota Democrat would have the US reenter the international Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump withdrew the US from in 2017. Her first outlined goal says she would work to ensure the US ‘maintains global leadership to address the climate crisis.'”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told Elle about an incident in her early months as a U.S. Senator.
Said Klobuchar: “I was on the elevator with two of my staff members. The door opened, and a male senator was standing outside. He said, ‘Excuse me, this elevator is for senators only.’ My staff member said, ‘She is a senator.’ And then I looked at him and asked, ‘But who are you?’”
She added: “I knew exactly who he was. The elevator door closed, and he never got on. He’s no longer there.”
James Hohmann: “If Joe Biden fails to catch fire in Iowa on his third try for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be well positioned to make inroads with the kinds of voters who might otherwise back the former vice president.”
“The senator from Minnesota has been getting a more positive reception in the Hawkeye State than has been reflected in the polls, where she’s in the back of the pack, or in the national media’s coverage, which has focused more on candidates like Biden, Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke.”
An important point: “Klobuchar said she thinks the televised town halls by the cable channels this year will wind up being equally as important as the debates, which will be split across two nights and where the massive numbers of candidates on the stage will make it hard for anyone to get a word in edgewise.”
New York Times: “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.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed to become the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel, and others are soon to follow, the AP reports.
Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg’s campaign confirmed that it is in talks with Fox too.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said that her presidential campaign has raised $5.2 million in the 7 weeks since launching her 2020 campaign, Axios reports.
“Oh, that’s the Beto line. No, I will say that, you know, I have a lot of respect for Beto. And it’s great to have some Texas in this race. But no, I wasn’t born to run for office, just because growing up in the ’70s, in the middle of the country, I don’t think many people thought a girl could be president. I wasn’t born to run. But I am running.”
— Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), in an interview on Meet the Press, when asked if she was born to run for president.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told CNN that she “can always do better” with her staff, but said her toughness would be an asset on the world stage — especially when dealing with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Said Klobuchar: “One can always do better, and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people if they felt that something was unfair, or they felt bad about something. But I still think that you have to demand good product. When you’re out there on the world stage and dealing with people like Vladimir Putin, yeah, you want someone who’s tough. You want someone that demands the answers and that’s going to get things done, and that’s what I’ve done my whole life.”
“As more former aides shared stories of sometimes-abusive behavior, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar vowed Friday to improve relations with her staffers,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“The Minnesota presidential candidate is trying to rise from a large field of competitors as stories about her treatment of employees long shared privately among Democratic operatives and insiders are spilling into the open. Former employees of her Senate office and previous political campaigns have anonymously described to BuzzFeed, the New York Times and now the Star Tribune, many examples of behavior by Klobuchar they considered abusive, bullying and demeaning.”
The New York Times interviewed more than two dozen of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) former staff members and found that many “say she was not just demanding but often dehumanizing — not merely a tough boss in a capital full of them but the steward of a work environment colored by volatility, highhandedness and distrust.”
“The senator feared sabotage from her own team: In an email, she once raised the prospect of an in-house mole. She and her top confidantes could complicate the future job opportunities of some staff members who sought to leave, former aides said, sometimes speaking to their would-be employers to register her displeasure. And Ms. Klobuchar frequently suggested that her aides were preventing her from greater standing in Washington and beyond, former staff members said.”
“She was known to throw office objects in frustration, including binders and phones, in the direction of aides, they said. Low-level employees were asked to perform duties they described as demeaning, like washing her dishes or other cleaning — a possible violation of Senate ethics rules.”
CNN’s Town Hall featuring Sen. Amy Klobucher (D-MN) finished third in total viewers and the key 25-54 demographic in the cable news ratings race Monday night, The Hill reports.
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