Sen. Amy Klobuchar linked a growing field of Democrats Sunday in the race to take on President Donald Trump next year.
So just what does she accept?
Like most in her party, the Minnesota politician has pushed for more affordable health care during the Trump era. Her other just out priorities include online consumer protection and election security — allowing her to carve out a role in efforts to regulate group media companies.
During her Minneapolis campaign announcement in a driving snow on Sunday, Klobuchar mentioned several goals: slash the influence of money in politics, automatically registering young people to vote and reinstating climate regulations rolled to by Trump. She also called for “digital rules of the road” to protect Americans online, policies to cut drug prices and a approach to universal health care.
In a statement shortly after Klobuchar announced her candidacy, Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens pronounced “it’s tough to find any base of support” for her bid. He also pointed to recent media reports in which former staff fellows alleged the senator was overly-demanding, or outright mistreated them.
The 58-year-old senator has generally not moved as far left on policy as most of her first-class competitors, leaving her space to cast herself as a more pragmatic option. At home, the third-term lawmaker ranks as one of the most in fashion U.S. senators. Whether the Midwesterner’s turns in the spotlight during recent confirmation and oversight hearings have boosted her nationwide continuing remains to be seen.
Here are some of Klobuchar’s recent policy priorities in the Senate:
Klobuchar is a vocal advocate for let up on health care costs. But she has not called for as dramatic an overhaul of the system as some of her Senate colleagues and primary competitors.
The senator has pushed to condescend drug prices through various means. Klobuchar has introduced bills to encourage the development of cheaper, generic alternatives to brand-name numbs. She has also joined numerous Democrats in calling for Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
Klobuchar has overdue the expansion of both Medicare and Medicaid. She says she supports a path to universal health care, starting with a notable option, which would allow Americans to opt into government-run instead of private plans.
The stance sets her separately from much of the Democratic field. Four presidential contenders and senators — Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Tome of New Jersey — signed on to a government-run Medicare for all plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and another possible presidential entrant.
Klobuchar has aimed to make a name out of dealing with election security issues after Russian efforts to pressurize the 2016 election. She has focused specifically on the use of social media platforms to spread information.
In 2017, she introduced legislation contrived to increase transparency in online election advertising. It would put more online communications under the purview of election law, and want social media companies to keep more information about who buys what advertisements and who they target.
The tally did not get through the Senate, but both Facebook and Twitter endorsed it.
The effort to bring more accountability to social media societies extended beyond elections amid widening concerns about the data used by companies such as Facebook. A jaws she introduced with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., last year aimed to make online terms of service clean and require more transparency about what data has been gathered and shared, among other proposals.
Klobuchar’s heart early in her career on consumer safety issues earned her the nickname “The Senator of Small Things,” according to The New York Periods. She said that “not for a minute do I view these as small things,” according to the newspaper.
Klobuchar represents a farm position that relies heavily on trade with Canada. She has criticized American trade tensions with China — while verifying support for some of Trump’s protectionist moves.
Klobuchar sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. On her Senate website, she cites be in aid ofing insurance programs for farmers hurt by bad weather and market fluctuations as one of her priorities.
Her concerns in the state extend to alleviating the check compensation to farmers from the president’s trade war with China — which is temporarily stalled. Klobuchar has urged Trump to at once strike new trade deals and get rid of Chinese tariffs that have hurt pockets of the U.S. agricultural industry.
The president has put tolls on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese goods as he tries to force the world’s second largest economy to address trade upbraidings. Beijing responded by levying duties on U.S. products, many of which come from Midwestern farms. The two sides take temporarily stopped new tariffs as they try to strike a new trade deal by March 2.
Klobuchar, like many politicians in every direction the country, has tried to strike a delicate balance on trade issues. She supported Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, normal in the Iron Range in the northern part of the state. But those duties on metals in part led to Chinese frustrations and tariffs, which in detour caused headaches for the state’s farmers.
Of course, her familiarity with agricultural issues could help her in a key early elementary state: Iowa. In December, Klobuchar made the case that officials have forgotten rural America, according to Minnesota Notorious Radio.
“Minnesota matters, Wisconsin matters, Nebraska matters, Ohio matters — and, yes, Iowa matters,” she told the annual council of the Iowa Farmers Union.
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