Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Amy Klobuchar

Three things to know about me. First, I listen to people and that's how I get things done. That is my focus. I have a track record of passing over 100 bills where I am the lead democrat and that is because I listened and I acted, and I think that's important in a president. Everything else just melts away. Secondly, I am someone who can win and beat Donald Trump. I have won every place, every race, and every time. I have won in the reddest of districts, ones where Donald Trump won by over 20 points. I can win in states like Wisconsin and Iowa and in Michigan. Finally, yeah, I am not the establishment party candidate. I got respect, but I am not that person. I am the one that doesn't have a political machine, doesn't come from money, and I don't make all the promises that everyone else up here makes, but I can promise you this: I am going to govern with integrity; I am going to have your back; and I am going to govern for you.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #1 (June 26, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

As the granddaughter of an iron ore miner and the daughter of a union teacher and a union newspaperman, Amy will bring one clear but simple guide to the White House: When unions are strong, our country is strong. As President, she’ll stand up against attempts to weaken our unions. That means achieving real labor law reform, ensuring free and fair union elections, protecting collective bargaining rights, rolling back Right to Work laws, and making it easier — and not harder — for workers to join unions.

Source: Candidate Website

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Crime

Gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. Amy supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the ‘boyfriend loophole’ by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms.

Source: Candidate Website

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Health Care

Amy supports universal health care for all Americans, and she believes the quickest way to get there is through a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid. She supports changes to the Affordable Care Act to help bring down costs to consumers including providing cost-sharing reductions, making it easier for states to put reinsurance in place, and continuing to implement delivery system reform. And she’s been fighting her whole life to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

Source: Candidate Website

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Education

We need to make sure all our children can get a great education. That means increasing teacher pay and funding for our public schools, with a focus on investment in areas that need it the most. And we need to make sure the rising costs of college aren’t a barrier to opportunity. Amy supports allowing borrowers to refinance student loans at lower rates, loan forgiveness for in-demand occupations, expanded Pell grants, and tuition-free one- and two-year community college degrees and technical certifications.

Source: Candidate Website

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Environment

deeply committed to tackling the climate crisis and believes that it is an urgent priority for our communities, for our economy and for our planet. She is a co-sponsor of a Green New Deal and has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. On day one of Amy’s presidency she will get us back into the International Climate Change Agreement. On day two and day three, she will bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards that the Obama Administration put into place.

Source: Candidate Website

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Civil Rights

We must beat back decades of systemic racism and inequality. Amy believes this begins with early-childcare and fixing our education system, addressing racism in health care such as disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates, ending housing discrimination so that everyone can afford to rent an apartment and own a home in a good neighborhood for their kids, and tackling disparities in wages and in retirement savings.

Source: Candidate Website

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Tech and Innovation

Our laws and our policies have not kept pace with our changing economy and the digital revolution. Amy believes that this means we need to do more when it comes to taking on monopoly power and promoting competition, protecting consumers and their privacy in the digital age, and empowering workers with the tools they need to succeed in the evolving digital economy and preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.

Source: Candidate Website

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Foreign Policy

You always have to talk to everyone when it is American security and the World's security at stake, but he keeps having these summits and meetings that really don't produce anything. There's been a number of them now, and this time, you just can't look at this as going over and talking to your dictator next door and bringing them a hot dish over the fence. There's a lot more, and what this is about is making sure there are measurable results, that we have a plan when we go in there, and we just haven't seen that. In fact, just in May, you saw North Korea launch another missile into the sea in violation of the UN resolution. And to me you just need to have a plan to denuclearize that peninsula or to reduce those weapons immediately. I just don't see that happening yet.

Source: Face the Nation Interview, June 2019

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Domestic Policy

Amy has proposed a bold plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure, invest in our future, and create millions of good-paying American jobs. Her plan includes repairing and replacing our roads, highways and bridges as well as building smart climate infrastructure, ensuring clean water, modernizing our airports, seaports and inland waterways, expanding reliable public transit options, rebuilding our schools, overhauling our country’s housing policy, and connecting every household to the internet by 2022.

Source: Candidate Website

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Politics

I’m running because we’re tired of divisive politics. We’re fed up with the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding. Today, we say enough is enough.

Source: Campaign Website

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