Fresh off a memorable exchange at the Kavanaugh hearings, the senator from Minnesota is trying to bring pragmatism back to the White House. But is that what wins elections—especially versus Donald Trump?
In a primary race where Democrats are moving increasingly left, Amy Klobuchar is positioning herself comfortably as the sole pragmatist option (at least until Joe Biden’s official announcement). Klobuchar’s record and platform is generally liberal—her legislative priorities include the Democratic points of immigration reform, election reform, pro-choice abortion rights— but her ideology is more difficult to pinpoint. She’s avoided committing to single payer healthcare and free college education, and also emphasizes more modest, but equally important, issues such as the farm bill and better broadband infrastructure. Most regard her as a consistent progressive vote, but she’s voted in line with Donald Trump’s position 30% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
More than anything, Klobuchar has come to represent pragmatism and civility in a time when it is rare—she’s sponsored or co-sponsored 111 pieces of legislation that became law during her time in Congress, more than anyone else, and her calm approach to Brett Kavanaugh’s aggressive responses during the Senate Judiciary hearings have gone viral. But her campaign hasn’t avoided scandal, with Klobuchar being accused of demeaning and humiliating conduct toward staffers. What this all means for her 2020 chances is explained here in Meet the Candidates 2020: Amy Klobuchar: A Voter’s Guide.
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