U.S. Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar continued to impress with her performance on last week’s Democratic TV show and subsequent campaigning here in New Hampshire.
It is the latter that will make or break candidates like the moderate senator, who gets little attention from the national news media, which are obsessed with “front runners” and the horse race aspect of the selection process, caring little for issues.
Another moderate contending for attention is U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, who continues to impress here in New Hampshire but wasn’t even allowed on what has become a TV reality show rather than a debate.
Klobuchar took on the liberal stars on that show, pointing out to Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the latter’s promise for Medicare for all doesn’t include an explanation on how and who is going to pay for it.
“I think there’s a lot of innovative things that you can do,” she said in Keene, “it’s just that I’ve shown how I’m going to pay for things.”
She also dared to defend Israel in a Keene State class that has apparently been told that Israel is a bully and oppressor when it defends itself against terrorists on all sides.
Israel is not perfect, she said, but “it’s in a pretty tough neighborhood.”
New Hampshire voters have plenty of time and plenty of opportunities to size up candidates, in person, in advance of the Presidential Primary, likely to be held in February. That’s good for us, and it’s good for candidates who may have a good platform but are getting crowded off the TV stage.