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WATCH: Only 1 Democrat Indicates They Have Problem With Socialist Being Nominee
(From L) Democratic presidential hopefuls entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Billionaire activist Tom Steyer arrive onstage for the eighth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by ABC News, WMUR-TV and Apple News at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 7, 2020.
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During the ABC News Democrat debate on Friday night, only one Democrat signaled that they had a problem with a socialist becoming the party’s nominee to face President Donald Trump in November.

“Is anyone else on the stage concerned about having a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket?” ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked.

Only Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) raised her hand indicating that she had a problem with it.


Daily Wire Editor at Large Josh Hammer wrote an in-depth profile piece on Klobuchar last September:

Amy Jean Klobuchar has served since 2007 as a U.S. senator from Minnesota. Initially the state’s junior senator, Klobuchar has served as Minnesota’s senior senator since Democrat Al Franken’s controversial defeat of incumbent Republican Norm Coleman in 2008. A member of the Democratic Party — or, more specifically, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party — Klobuchar previously served as county attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota. Although hardly centrist by recently historical, Bill Clinton-era Democratic Party standards, Klobuchar now seeks the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination by orienting herself as centrist-inclined and possessing a vague aura of Midwestern sensibility. In current 2020 Democratic presidential nomination polling, Klobuchar currently gets national support in the low single digits.

Klobuchar, a Minnesota native, has a bachelor degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. Earlier in her legal career, Klobuchar worked as a corporate attorney before becoming a local prosecutor. Her name was sometimes floated as a possible U.S. Supreme Court nominee during President Barack Obama’s presidency. Klobuchar serves on the influential U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where her tone and demeanor during the inflammatory Brett Kavanaugh nomination saga placed her, alongside Committee member Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), firmly on the less hysterical wing of the raucous Senate Democratic caucus. Klobuchar still voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Klobuchar is married to fellow attorney and legal academic John Bessler. They have one daughter, Abigail.

Electoral History: Klobuchar first entered the public sphere in 1994, where she initially declared a run for county attorney of Hennepin County before dropping out. She successfully sought the same position in 1998, winning narrowly. In 2002, she was easily re-elected to the local prosecutor perch.

In 2006, Klobuchar announced her U.S. Senate run for the seat vacated by incumbent Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN). She won the DFL Party primary in a landslide and easily won the general election. Klobuchar was subsequently re-elected by huge margins in both 2012 and 2018.

Klobuchar now seeks the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination.

On The Issues: Klobuchar’s prosecutorial background, gentle public (though perhaps not private) demeanor, and background from a largely rural state combine to make her somewhat more centrist-oriented than many of her 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination rivals. However, Klobuchar can still be fairly characterized as a full-spectrum leftist/progressive. Her 2020 presidential campaign emphasizes universal/socialized medicine and climate change, among other issues.

Read Hammer’s full piece on Senator Amy Klobuchar here