Democrat Amy Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota known for her pragmatism and effective legislating. She has championed bills covering topics ranging from drug pricing to regulating big tech.
Key facts about Amy Klobuchar:
- Current position: Senator from Minnesota — 12 years served
- Age: 58
- Born: Plymouth, Minnesota
- Undergraduate: Yale University
- Date candidacy announced: Feb. 10, 2019
- % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 30.8%
- Previous roles: Hennepin County attorney, corporate lawyer
Amy Klobuchar's stance on key issues:
- Health care: Klobuchar is one of two Democratic presidential candidates who signed a letter backing Medicare Advantage, the growing alternative to traditional Medicare.
- Climate change: She's one of the backers of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal. In her campaign announcement, she also mentioned ambitious goals for climate legislation.
- Criminal justice: Klobuchar supported the bipartisan First Step Act, a reform of the federal prison system, in the Senate.
- At an Axios event, Klobuchar, whose father suffered from alcoholism, spoke personally to the treatment vs. prison debate: "Treatment changed my dad's life. In his own words, he was 'pursued by grace.' I think other people should have the same right."
- Drug pricing: She urged the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on "pay-for-delay" pharmaceutical deals.
- Sexual harassment: Klobuchar successfully pushed for legislation mandating sexual harassment training in the Senate.
- Data privacy: She sponsored a bill that proposed regulations for Facebook's data practices. She also was the lead sponsor of legislation that would regulate online political ads.
- Opioids: She co-sponsored a bill that would impose a one-cent tax for each milligram of opioids in a pain pill. The funds for the tax would then be used for substance abuse treatment.
Key criticism of Amy Klobuchar:
- Staff treatment: Multiple media outlets have detailed Klobuchar's alleged history of emotionally abusive treatment of her staff.
- Pragmatism: Klobuchar hasn't embraced parts of progressive agenda — including on Medicare for All and free college — like many of her fellow 2020 Democratic hopefuls.
- "Minnesota Nice": A recent New York Times article asks whether a "calm, reasoned, reliable (but not flashy) Democrat" like Klobuchar is what the party needs to fight President Trump.
1 fun thing about Amy Klobuchar:
- According to a Vogue profile, "[s]he loves to brag that when she first ran for Senate, no one would take her calls, so she raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends."
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