U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the Democratic presidential hopefuls who gets scant attention from the national media. Given little time on the ABC-TV stage last week, she made the most of it.
“Bernie wrote the bill,” she said of Socialist Sanders’ proposed health takeover. “I read the bill,” she said, noting it would end private health insurance.
Despite the demands to lean left in what has become the Left of Left Party, Klobuchar’s innate common sense and values keep surfacing.
She has been impressively candid in other recent appearances, including a New Hampshire small-business event hosted by this newspaper and the state’s community colleges with support from Goldman Sachs’ 10 Thousand Small Businesses program.
Asked about her rivals’ plans for “free college” for all, Klobuchar objected, saying she didn’t think the sons and daughters of the super-rich should get a free ride on the backs of hard-working families.
She also has been relatively sensible on climate-change issues, defending safe and clean nuclear power as an obvious tool of choice in the fight against carbon emissions. This is heresy to the Left of Left. Being from Minnesota, she also protested the zany idea to put beef farmers out of existence.
Klobuchar is a longshot to be sure, but New Hampshire voters have been known to like the type from time to time.
“If you feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics and you are tired of the noise and the nonsense, you’ve got a home with me,” she told the debate audience. “Because I don’t want to be the President for half of America, I want to be the President for all of America.”
What a concept.