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Klobuchar trip to Iowa sparks speculation

Our view: The DFL could do worse for a presidential candidate


Minnesota’s senior U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar, spent Sunday rubbing shoulders with fellow Democrats in Iowa, sparking speculation that she’s testing the waters for a potential presidential run in 2020.
Iowa is a key state for determining presidential candidates for both parties. That’s hard to believe of a state that doesn’t even boast a professional sports team. Iowa’s two claims to fame are its corn crop and its archaic caucus system. Even Iowa’s caucuses tend to draw very low turnouts, the state is the launchpad for presidential elections, starting on Feb. 1 of the election year. Iowa is where all the hats get tossed in the ring, and the frontrunners tend to emerge for the rest of the campaign season.
So, when Klobuchar headed to Iowa to hobnob with fellow Democrats, the news media sat up and took note.
Klobuchar downplayed her trip, saying she was just a midwesterner meeting up with other midwesterners to talk jobs, education and rural broadband.
Hopefully, though, Democrats will also sit up and take note. Klobuchar gets high marks in Minnesota — she has a 70 percent approval rating — and is one of very few politicans who have risen above smear tactics, mudslinging and party polarity. She often works with her Republican colleagues to sponsor legislation that has meaning for her constituents back in Minnesota.
She is certainly a better prospect than the Democrats’ last candidate, Hilary Clinton.
Klobuchar tends to be a middle-of-the-road politician, one who seeks compromise on issues, which is a rarity in the current political climate.
But that political polarity that currently dominates our government could be detrimental to Klobuchar. If the last presidential election taught us anything, it’s that people seem to like absolutist principles.
On the other hand, perhaps the recent election in France is proof that people are moving away from the hard-right and hard-left principles that seem to dominate politics these days and more toward a centrist atmosphere. We could definitely use a shift toward statesmenship rather than partisanship.
It will be interesting to see if Klobuchar’s Iowa trip will be a building block toward a presidential campaign. If so, we wish our native daughter well in her endeavors.
— L.C.