Klobuchar says she’ll beat Trump in the mid-West

  • Voters packed into the downtown lobby of Sheehan & Gordon Law Firm to listen to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday. JAKE SHERIDAN / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 6/11/2019 12:01:00 PM

As a concentrated bombardment of Democrats descend upon New Hampshire, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to stick out to voters. She says what makes her different is she’s a winner.

“I am someone that wins. I have won every single race I have ever taken on. I have won in every single red Congressional district. I even won my first race ever – for the student council,” said Klobuchar at a Concord event on Monday.

Voters packed into the sunlit downtown lobby of Shaheen & Gordon Law Firm to listen to Klobuchar. Among them were Pam and Bill Mueller from Hopkinton, who weren’t wearing the green “Amy for America” stickers displayed by most of the crowd. The Muellers were focused on winning, too.

“We have to change the person sitting in the White House immediately, if not sooner,” said Bill Mueller after listening to Klobuchar. “The person who can do that with reasonable policy is the person I’m going to support.”

As she spoke, Klobuchar offered a curriculum vitae for kicking Trump out of the Oval Office. First on her list of reasons why she can win: Minnesota. Klobuchar pointed out she is from the mid-West, where Donald Trump won nearly every state in 2016. Trump fell short of victory in her homestate of Minnesota, but he only lost there by 1.5%, noted Klobuchar. In 2018, Klobuchar won there by 26% and flipped 42 Trump counties, she added, meaning she knows how to win over voters in the mid-West.

“I’m a voice for the heartland,” said the senator. “I can talk that talk.”

Grit was also on Klobuchar’s resume. She garnered attention for not matching the tone of a snarky response from Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate hearing, she’s learned how to deal with Trump, she said, by holding her ground, not following him into rabbit holes and using humor, and she’s been effective, she added.

“I’ve been in tough battles,” said the senator, who said she’s passed 100 bills in the Senate. “You don’t pass all those bills by just being a pushover.”

Klobuchar has a reputation for being tough, maybe even too tough.

In February, Klobuchar was accused of mistreating and bullying workers in a series of national media reports. At the Concord meet and greet, Paul Camacho of Concord said he wasn’t worried about that while Trump’s in the White House.

“That’s lower on the scale ... there aren’t any huge skeletons in her closet.”

The Muellers had other concerns. Bill Mueller shared worries about the size of Klobuchar’s national base. She’s currently polling around sixth in early voting states.

“I’m a glass half-full person,” said Klobuchar, brushing off her current spot a few steps behind the front-runners. “That means that I’m ahead of 18 people.”

Pam Mueller wasn’t convinced Klobuchar, who stuck mostly to common stock issues like climate change, health care and immigration, stuck out enough.

“I thought she was fine,” Pam Mueller said, “but I feel like I’ve heard very similar things from other candidates.”

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