Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), one of over two dozen Democrats believed to be considering a presidential bid in 2020, said that while she isn’t definitively running, the Midwest is a region the party cannot afford to ignore. 

“I have been talking to people in my state and people around the country about it. I think that there are a lot of good people considering this, but I do think you want voices from the Midwest,” Klobuchar told The New Yorker in an interview published Tuesday. 

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“And I think you want to have people with different views running. I think it’s really important to have that. I don’t think it’s bad that we have a competition for the nomination at this key moment in our nation’s history,” she added, referring to the expectation that the number of Democratic candidates may be well into the double digits. 

In 2016 President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE unexpectedly won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, none of which had voted for a GOP presidential candidate since before 1992, to ascend to the White House.

One of the main focuses of the Democratic Party has been on how to bring voters in those states back into their fold.

Besides Klobuchar, other high-profile Democrats such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Kamal Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Ohio) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), among others, are also considering running in 2020. 

Klobuchar has shown an ability to woo Trump voters, winning reelection in November by about 24 points in a state Trump lost by only one point in 2016.

Klobuchar said the successful candidate in 2020 will be somebody with an ability not to follow Trump down every “rabbit hole” while also having an emotional appeal to voters.

“So I think you not just have to meet him with facts, and you certainly don’t want to go down every rabbit hole with him. But we have to meet him with emotion. And it doesn’t have to be negative emotion. It can be positive emotion,” she said, citing issues such as health care and immigration. 

She added that Trump’s brash temperament is a potential opening for his eventual opponent, saying it could actually hurt him in the rural communities that propelled him to victory two years ago.

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“I think it matters when someone makes promises and then time goes on and your life hasn’t changed. So I do think it matters. And when you add disruptions in, and chaos, that makes things hard for you. So I think those things matter,” she said.

“[Y]ou really have to go to the core of what kind of person you want to have in the White House, that your kids watch on TV when they’re learning their civics lesson and the Pledge of Allegiance in first and second grade,” she added.

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