Amy Klobuchar 2020

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  1. 2020 elections

    Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang teeter on debate bubble

    The two outsider candidates are just shy of the polling threshold for the POLITICO/PBS NewsHour debate later this month, with just over a week left to qualify.

    Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang could get more airtime than ever to introduce themselves to America with just one more poll — or they could spend the December debate sitting at home.

    Right now, six candidates — four white men and two white women — are set to take the stage for the Democratic primary debate co-hosted by POLITICO and PBS NewsHour on Dec. 19: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. Gabbard and Yang are not among them, with only one week left before qualification closes.

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    How Klobuchar would expand national service

    Klobuchar would add tens of thousands of positions to the 75,000-member AmeriCorps program.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar hopes to dramatically expand the country’s AmeriCorps program and create a new national branch of part-time health care volunteers under a plan announced Tuesday by her presidential campaign.

    Klobuchar also borrows from former presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee with a plan for a national service program to address climate change.

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  3. 2020 Elections

    Klobuchar calls Trump Ukraine scandal ‘a global Watergate’

    If the House impeaches Trump, Klobuchar would be called from the campaign to sit as a juror in the Senate trial.


    Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar described President Donald Trump's behavior as unambiguously impeachable, calling it “a global Watergate" and the textbook behavior of what the Founding Fathers considered worthy of removal from office.

    "This is something where the Founding Fathers themselves, James Madison, said the reasons we needed impeachment provisions was that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power," Klobuchar said in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd released Sunday. “That is why this is proceeding. I see it simply as a global Watergate.“

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  4. 2020 elections

    How Buttigieg got knocked off the Obama track

    ‘If someone wants to tell you that Pete Buttigieg is Barack Obama, they are being blatantly ignorant of facts,’ said one Democrat.

    In fundraising pitches, campaign messaging and his own speeches, Pete Buttigieg likes to point out the parallels between his own upstart campaign and that of another Democrat whose presidential bid was once seen as a longshot — Barack Obama.

    But that framing is coming under serious question — and might be rendered entirely useless — as the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s efforts to win over black voters continue to fall flat.

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  5. 2020 elections

    Why Bloomberg doesn’t care about skipping the Democratic debates

    The billionaire could spend tens of millions of dollars on his campaign without ever directly confronting his rivals on stage.

    Michael Bloomberg doesn’t plan to collect donations for his presidential campaign.

    That means he won’t appear in the next Democratic debate — and risks missing the half-dozen debates planned for next year.

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  6. 2020 elections

    Yang lashes out at MSNBC

    The Democratic candidate, once referred to by the network as 'John Yang,' demands a public apology for what he calls "systematic bias."


    Andrew Yang thinks MSNBC has it out for him.

    The entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate has spent the better part of a week accusing the network of "systematic bias" against his campaign after he had the least amount of speaking time at last week's debate. And he kept up the drumbeat in an interview with POLITICO on Monday.

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    How Kamala Harris will address the mental health crisis

    Harris says her Medicare for All plan will provide direct access to mental health professionals without deductibles or copays.

    Sen. Kamala Harris is pitching a new mental health plan to tackle rising suicide rates, mental illness among homeless people and a severe shortage in treatment facilities across the country.

    The California Democrat joins a number of her fellow presidential candidates in offering a plan to address the shortage of mental health and addiction care providers across the country. Suicide rates have steadily climbed over the past two decades, and more than half of adults with a mental illness aren't receiving treatment, according to the advocacy group Mental Health America.

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  8. 2020 Elections

    Amy Klobuchar on Bloomberg’s 2020 bid: Voters won't 'buy it'

    She doubts his money will be enough to put him over the top.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday dismissed multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy for president moments before it officially began, saying the American people aren’t going to “buy it.”

    By the time the presidential candidate from Minnesota appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” it was clear: Bloomberg, a former New York mayor, was joining the already-crowded Democratic field, his large bank account in tow. The first of his television ads — part of an initial $34 million buy — was already circulating on social media.

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  9. 2020 democratic debates

    Why Pete Buttigieg got a pass in the debate

    The mayor took a few small hits, but for the most part, rivals want to see if his rise in Iowa is for real before trying to drag him down.

    ATLANTA — Pete Buttigieg came into Wednesday night’s debate bracing for an onslaught that never came.

    Yes, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard questioned his experience. Cory Booker dinged the young mayor’s résumé, pointed out that he himself is the “other Rhodes scholar mayor on the stage” and warned voters against picking a Democratic nominee with an “inauthentic” connection to African American voters — a bloc that has largely ignored Buttigieg’s campaign so far.

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  10. 2020 Democratic Debates

    4 POLITICO scribes give the skinny on Wednesday's Democratic debate

    Our breakdown of everything you need to know, from how Buttigieg handled his newfound frontrunner status to Tulsi's talent at trolling her rivals.

    Pete Buttigieg arrived at Wednesday night's Democratic debate flying high in Iowa — but with a "frontrunner" target newly affixed to his back. Elizabeth Warren needed to shed the Medicare for All monkey from her back. For Joe Biden, it was the second center stage he's taken this week, after the House impeachment hearings. And Bernie Sanders, having assuaged concerns about his heart attack for the time being, was still trying to show he can be more than a narrow movement candidate.

    Against that backdrop, those four top candidates, and six others desperate to gain traction, took the stage in Atlanta for the fifth Democratic presidential debate. What did we learn? We asked four POLITICO campaign reporters — Natasha Korecki, Holly Otterbein, David Siders and Alex Thompson — for their takeaways from the two-hour showdown.

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  11. 2020 democratic debates

    ‘You might have been high when you said it’: The best zingers on the debate stage

    Buttigieg makes a confession. Sanders curses. And Harris reminds Biden that she exists.

    The still-sprawling Democratic field of candidates spent much of Wednesday's debate engaging in substantive policy debates and launching oral attacks. But several rivals also managed to elicit laughter from the audience.

    Here are some of the most memorable lines from the fifth Democratic debate:

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  12. democratic candidates policies

    How Tom Steyer would secure universal health care coverage

    Steyer says the plan would cost $1.5 trillion over a decade.

    Billionaire Tom Steyer's health care plan plants him among the centrists in the 2020 Democratic primary. He promises to expand access to health care through more Obamacare funding and a public option, while still envisioning a large role for private insurers — in contrast to the "Medicare for All" plans proposed by rivals like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

    What would the plan do?
    Steyer's plan for a public option is a little different from other candidates. He envisions it as a new program where the federal government would negotiate payment rates for providers and hospitals. It would operate separately, but similarly to, traditional Medicare and Medicaid.

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  13. 2020 elections

    White House hopefuls are missing Senate votes — and nobody cares

    "Their presence doesn’t make a difference," Sen. Dick Durbin says.

    Bernie Sanders came to the Capitol on Thursday, when the Senate considered a judicial nominee bitterly opposed by liberals. But Sanders wasn't there to vote — he was instead doing an event with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    "I am running for president," Sanders responded when asked why he hadn't voted. Aides rushed him away from any follow-up questions.

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  14. 2020 Elections

    Buttigieg woos 'future former Republicans' in wide-open N.H. primary

    Candidates are targeting the tens of thousands of non-Democrats who can vote in New Hampshire's close Democratic primary.

    ROCHESTER, N.H. — As Pete Buttigieg boarded his campaign bus Monday afternoon, a New Hampshire voter stopped him to ask if campaign staffers were hawking “Republicans for Pete” stickers yet.

    They aren’t. But Buttigieg, who’s staking out center-left ground in the Democratic presidential primary, is trying to build a coalition of unaffiliated voters to go along with Democrats and make a surprise splash in the open-primary state featuring two senators-next-door, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, campaigning on the left.

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  15. 2020 Elections

    Amy Klobuchar trashes Bloomberg for suggesting 2020 Dems aren’t good enough

    She says he needs to establish his candidacy on its own merits.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar torched former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his political calculus in potentially jumping into the 2020 race, ripping the multi-billionaire for thinking he could “waltz in” in the thick of the campaign and declare the rest of the field insufficient.

    News that Bloomberg might backtrack on his decision earlier this year not to jump into the race broke late last week, with the former mayor citing his concerns about the current field being unable to defeat President Donald Trump in the general election next year. Bloomberg on Friday filed to get on the primary ballot in Alabama, though aides for the former mayor told POLITICO he had still not made a final decision about whether to run.

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  16. 2020 elections

    Inside the 2020 campaign with the potential First Gentlemen

    "We haven't had a lot of examples of men in blue suits be the supporter."

    When Amy Klobuchar was first breaking into politics two decades ago, a TV news crew in Minneapolis asked if they could film her family at their house one morning getting ready for the day. But Klobuchar, who started out in public office as the top prosecutor in Minnesota’s largest county, turned them down.

    “People were going to realize that my husband makes the peanut butter sandwiches” for their daughter, Klobuchar recounted in an interview. Twenty years ago, she said, “I didn’t want them to know.”

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  17. 2020 elections

    Gabbard and Klobuchar hit debate polling thresholds

    A new poll put Gabbard in the November DNC debate and Klobuchar in the December debate.

    Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the November Democratic presidential debate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has made the December debate after the release of a new Iowa poll, which also featured Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden bunched within 5 points of each other at the top of the field.

    Klobuchar got 5 percent support in the Iowa survey from Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday. She previously hit at least 4 percent support in three other polls approved by the Democratic National Committee, according to POLITICO’s tracking, and she has accrued over 200,000 individual donors, the other threshold to make the December debate stage. She had previously qualified for the November debate.

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  18. 2020 Elections

    Biden, Warren and Sanders top 3 national polls

    Buttigieg is a distant fourth in all three of them.


    The top three candidates are far ahead of the rest of the pack in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, according to three national polls released Sunday.

    A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed former Vice President Joe Biden at 28 percent among Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 23 percent and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 17 percent. Those three are the only candidates with double-digit support. (Among all voters, the numbers are Biden at 27 percent, Warren at 21, and Sanders at 19.)

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  19. 2020 elections

    100 days out, the battle for New Hampshire isn’t what you think

    The real race is to eclipse Joe Biden and beat expectations.

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — One hundred days before the first-in-the-nation Democratic presidential primary, the real contest everyone’s watching here is for second — or even third — place.

    The assumption that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren will win New Hampshire is all but baked, Democratic insiders told POLITICO; the neighbor-state senators could easily take the top two spots. The biggest prize, at this point, is the surge of momentum that would come from eclipsing Joe Biden, as the race turns to Nevada and then South Carolina.

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  20. 2020 elections

    The 7 big bets that will decide who wins the White House in 2020

    Most of the wagers candidates began placing months or even years ago are about to fail. A small handful will soon pay off.

    One way to think about presidential campaigns is as a type of wager. A candidate’s strategy is essentially a calculation about what factors will exert the greatest influence on voters and if that prediction is right he or she wins power.

    In this light, the essential dynamic of presidential politics is not so different than buying stocks or even joining the office pool during March Madness: All are bets about future performance.

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