Jan 26, 2020

Amy Klobuchar: Bernie Sanders shouldn't "be leading the ticket"

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that she will support the Democratic nominee but that Sen. Bernie Sanders should not be "leading the ticket."

What they're saying: "I think Senator Sanders' idea of kicking 149 million Americans off their current health insurance in four years is wrong. That's why I don't think he should be leading the ticket. I think I should be leading the ticket because my ideas are much more in sync with bold ways of getting things done," Klobuchar argued.

  • "I'm the only one in the Senate running left on that stage that has passed over 100 bills as the lead Democrat. That matters to people right now," she added.

Why it matters: Both Sanders and Klobuchar have surged in recent weeks. But while Klobuchar's surge has garnered newspaper endorsements and slight upticks in polling, Sanders has glided to the front of the 2020 pack and is leading in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

  • Klobuchar is widely viewed as the electable option for Democrats, while voters grapple with far-left policies like Sanders' Medicare for All or tuition-free college.

Go deeper: Amy Klobuchar endorsed by New Hampshire Union Leader

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Klobuchar says she has raised $12 million since New Hampshire debate

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that her campaign has raised $12 million online in the nine days since the New Hampshire debate.

Why it matters: That's more than the Minnesota senator raised in the fourth quarter of 2019, which had been her strongest quarter yet. It follows a surprise third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, where she trounced both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren — once believed to be Democratic front-runners.

Bernie Sanders' uneasy New Hampshire win

Sanders at his victory speech in Manchester. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primary was real, but he had two moderates close on his heels — suggesting that Democrats aren't ready to hand the nomination to a socialist without a longer fight.

The big picture: Amy Klobuchar's surprisingly strong showing, along with the close margin between Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, was a reality check on the idea that the moderate wing of the Democratic Party has disappeared.

Amy Klobuchar endorsed by New Hampshire Union Leader

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2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar was endorsed for the Democratic presidential nomination by the New Hampshire Union Leader's editorial board on Saturday night.

Why it matters: The endorsement by New Hampshire's biggest paper comes ahead of the Feb. 7 Democratic presidential debate in the state and the New Hampshire caucuses four days later.

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