Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the presidential race on March 2, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Klobuchar has touted her Midwestern roots and ability to work across the aisle to pass legislation while campaigning as a moderate choice. She was first elected to the US Senate in 2006.
Yale University, B.A. (1982); University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (1985)
May 25, 1960
Congregationalist (United Church of Christ)
Hennepin County attorney, 1999-2007; Partner at the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett in Minneapolis, 1993-1998; Attorney, and later partner at the law firm Dorsey and Whitney in Minneapolis, 1985-1993
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Klobuchar opens up about husband's recovery from coronavirus
Updated 4:02 PM ET, Fri Mar 27, 2020
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday that her husband has "finally turned the corner" and is recovering back home after being diagnosed and hospitalized with Covid-19. "He's doing a little better," the Minnesota Democrat told CNN's Dana Bash on Friday. Klobuchar revealed earlier this week that her husband, John Bessler, has coronavirus and had been in a Virginia hospital for pneumonia and low oxygen. He was released on Thursday. She told CNN on Friday that her husband had a temperature of more than 100 degrees for 10 days and went to the hospital after coughing up blood. The senator said she had no idea how her husband contracted the virus. While her husband recuperates at home alone, Klobuchar said she's been staying at fellow Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith's apartment because medical professionals still do not know when he won't be contagious. "It is something that so many Americans know right now -- they can't go in to visit their loved ones," she said. She added, "But if his story is anything -- when he's only 52, healthy his whole life. His story is follow the rules. At least he did not get other people sick. Because the minute he started thinking he had a cold, he stayed in the apartment." Klobuchar said there are "so many worse stories" than theirs, adding that her husband was fortunate to leave the hospital. She urged those with loved ones with the virus to "monitor the person because you most likely are not going to be able to be with them," adding that she calls her husband all the time. "There is going to be someone in your family that this happens to. And you just have to be ready for that moment and make the tough decision is I'm not going to go into that room with them because I can't get my kids sick or I can't get my grandma sick," Klobuchar said. "That's the hardest thing of all, but the best thing for our country."
Klobuchar dedicated a portion of her announcement speech to climate, saying that within her first 100 days in office, she would “reinstate the clean power rules and the gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure.” Klobuchar in September 2019 released a climate plan to put the US on a path to 100% net-zero emissions by 2050 through “sweeping” legislative revisions. Klobuchar has committed to rejoining the Paris climate accord, a 2015 landmark deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon, on “Day One.” While she has co-sponsored the Green New Deal – the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – she has said in multiple interviews that she sees the bill as more “aspirational” than a solid legislative proposal. More on Klobuchar’s climate crisis policy
Klobuchar has said the Trump corporate tax cuts in 2017 went “way too far.” She would raise the corporate tax rate to 25%, something she says would provide $100 billion to pay for “people’s roads and bridges.” Under a retirement savings plan she introduced in the Senate, she would return the household tax rate to 39.6% for top earners. She opposes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – a successor deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated by Trump – as it is written and has called for changes. She has said she believes “we need to be doing everything we can to help American farmers sell more of their products in foreign markets.” Klobuchar has called for equal pay and is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide remedies for wage discrimination. More on Klobuchar’s economic policy
Klobuchar rolled out her education plan in July 2019, pledging to roll back a host of Trump’s education priorities, including a school choice tax credit, a plan that critics believe would take money away from public schools. She has previously expressed support for free community college and expanded financial aid for low-income students – but is against making all public colleges free. “I am not for free four-year college for all, no,” Klobuchar said in February 2019 at a CNN town hall. “If I was a magic genie and could afford to give that to everyone, I would.” The senator does not support wiping out all student debt, but does back expanding loan forgiveness for people in “in-demand jobs” and refinancing student loans at lower rates. More on Klobuchar’s education policy
Klobuchar has sought to explain her view on guns through her home state of Minnesota and her family’s love of hunting. With that standard in mind, Klobuchar says she supports banning so-called assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. She has also backed universal background checks. “We should join the majority of Americans and actually many gun owners in having the courage to pass common-sense gun safety legislation,” Klobuchar said at a CNN town hall in February 2019. The senator has also proposed closing the “boyfriend loophole” in order to stop people who abused their dating partners from buying or owning firearms. More on Klobuchar’s gun violence policy
Klobuchar has voiced skepticism about “Medicare for All” legislation, which would create a government-run health care plan and essentially eliminate the private insurance industry. During the first Democratic primary debate in June 2019, she expressed concern about “kicking half of America off of their health insurance in four years.” Instead, she supports creating a government-run public option, which she has said could be done by expanding Medicare or Medicaid. She also wants to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, promising to take executive action to do so during her first 100 days in office by increasing federal subsidies for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, as well as other methods. Also during her first 100 days, Klobuchar said, she would allow the importation of drugs from countries such as Canada. And she supports allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. More on Klobuchar’s health care policy
Klobuchar supports comprehensive immigration revisions, including a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country legally, refugees who have been in the country for decades and undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and qualified for protections under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She has said she would issue an executive order to end family separation at the border and to reunify children already separated from their parents. She does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and instead would opt to overhaul the law enforcement agency. The senator is opposed to building a wall across the entire US-Mexico border but has called for “smart border protection,” including improved fencing and technology. More on Klobuchar’s immigration policy
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Biden makes pitch as an empathetic leader in new digital ad
Updated 5:58 PM ET, Tue Mar 31, 2020
Joe Biden describes the coronavirus crisis as a "war" and frontline workers as "soldiers" in a new digital ad that will air in battleground states. "This is a war, and these are our soldiers," Biden says, speaking directly to the camera as video of paramedics and nurses providing care amidst the pandemic cuts in and out. "As President, I wouldn't send an American soldier anywhere in the world without all the equipment and protection they need. We should not do any less for the heroes on the frontlines in this battle we're in now." In an attempt to offer an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump, the Biden campaign is using the ad to show the former vice president as someone who can empathize with Americans during difficult times -- a strategy they have employed since the outbreak of the pandemic. While the campaign has launched a handful of negative ads criticizing Trump's handling of the crisis, this is the first ad showcasing Biden's empathy without mentioning the current President's name. The ad will air on Facebook and Instagram as part of a previous digital ad buy in battleground states, including Wisconsin, which still intends to hold a primary election on April 7. The campaign has spent about $870,000 on Facebook ads in the last week and nearly $9.4 million on the social media platform to date. Biden pointedly says in the ad that the crisis is "unlike anything" the nation has faced before but adds that he "couldn't be prouder" of the response of the American people. The United States is seeing the "soul of this nation" on display, he says, invoking his campaign's mantra. The ad ends with Biden on camera: "The American people have never, ever, ever let their country down. We've just got to give them all they need -- now." During a CNN town hall Friday night, Biden issued a similar, uplifting message, broadcasting from his in-home studio in his Wilmington, Delaware home. "We are seeing the soul of America now. Take a look at what is happening. Everywhere you look, you see people reaching out to help people," Biden said. "This is an incredible nation. The American people are generous, decent, good, fair, bright, and it makes you so proud to be an American." In a time when the 2020 election has effectively come to a halt with the cancellation of in-person campaigning, the Biden campaign -- after a rush of momentum at the beginning of March led to the former vice president claiming the front-runner status -- has struggled to break through into the national conversation surrounding the pandemic. Biden had an in-home studio installed and has put it to use almost daily, hosting virtual town halls, round tables and press briefings and making TV appearances.