WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar pitched her “heartland” credentials and disputed that she was not liberal enough to win the Democratic nomination for president in a Wednesday town hall on the Fox News channel, a network that targets conservatives.
Klobuchar, of Minnesota, is banking that she can best the more than 20 Democrats vying for the nomination by arguing she is the most electable in November 2020. She has refused to move to the left, and is betting Democratic primary voters will see her Minnesota credentials as proof she can win states in the Midwest that sent Republican Donald Trump to the White House in 2016.
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“I am a proven progressive. The last time I checked, if you want to be a progressive and support progressives, then you have to make progress,” Klobuchar said when asked why liberal voters in her party should support her candidacy.
Klobuchar, a three-term senator, talks frequently about being the daughter of two union workers and the granddaughter of an iron ore miner. She calls the more progressive proposals by her 2020 competitors “aspirational,” endorsing a more incremental approach.
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In the Fox News town hall, Klobuchar said she supports universal health care, a central point of several of her rivals’ campaigns, but thinks it is better to first try to expand on the existing Affordable Care Act. Klobuchar said she would support a public option, a hybrid that would allow people to either keep their private insurance or buy into the existing government program.
Klobuchar has also not opted to join the liberal wing of her party in backing the Green New Deal, a loose package of environmental proposals.
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“She is playing to her strengths,” said Jim Manley, a Minnesota native and Democratic strategist who worked for the former...
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