The Shutdown’s 2020 Wildcard

Amy Klobuchar stood out once again this week.

CORRECTS SEN. KING'S STATE TO MAINE - From left, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., take a subway back to the Capitol after they and a bipartisan group of moderate senators met on Day 2 of the federal shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.
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Hanna Trudo
Jan. 25, 2018, 6:16 a.m.

The resounding “no” votes this week from potential 2020 Democratic hopefuls on a three-week government funding bill is the latest example of the party’s shift leftward.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, however, deviated from her colleagues by voting to end the shutdown Monday, breaking from Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who opposed the spending deal because it did not include protections for DACA recipients.

Previously, Klobuchar abstained from joining the chorus of national Democrats who supported Sanders’s “Medicare for All” proposal. She appeared in a televised town hall alongside him, but didn’t sign on to his legislation.

And she was absent from the initial pile-on of 32 Democrats who publicly urged her Minnesota colleague Al Franken to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, saying she spoke to him privately.

Klobuchar, who is up for reelection in 2018, has a signature strategic approach to politics, her allies previously told Hotline last year. But it’s unclear if it will help distinguish—or hinder—her during the Democratic primary, should she decide to run.

Hanna Trudo


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