Amy Klobuchar is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how she stacks up against the competition.

Who is Amy Klobuchar?

Current job: US Senator from Minnesota since 2006 and 2020 presidential candidate.

Age: 58

Family: Klobuchar is married to attorney John Bessler, with whom she has a 23-year-old daughter named Abigail.

Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota.

Political party: Democratic/Democratic-Farmer-Labor.

Previous jobs: Corporate lawyer, partner at Minnesota law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Moody, Hennepin County Attorney from 1999 to 2006.

Who is Amy Klobuchar’s direct competition for the nomination?

Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Amy Klobuchar’s lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party.

  • The average Klobuchar-satisfied respondent said they were satisfied with 7 other candidates, which is high: it means that people who like her tend to be considering several other choices. To stay competitive, she’ll want to be in line with the top candidates in the race, for whom that number is less than four. Just 4 percent of her supporters liked Amy and Amy alone.
  • Klobuchar’s most serious competition comes from inside the Senate. Among those who’d be satisfied with Klobuchar as nominee, over 80% would also be satisfied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
  • About 75% also back Sen. Kamala Harris and about two-thirds of her support also likes Sen. Cory Booker. That is 25 points and 30 points higher than their performance among Democrats overall, meaning Klobuchar’s fans seriously dig the two Senators.

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  • Joe Biden does well among Klobuchar fans as well, with his satisfaction rates coming in generally about 20 percentage points higher than usual.

Insider has been conducting a recurring poll through SurveyMonkey Audience on a national sample to find out how different candidate’s constituencies overlap. We ask people whether they are familiar with a candidate, whether they would be satisfied or unsatisfied with that candidate as nominee, and sometimes we also ask whether they think that person would win or lose in a general election against President Donald Trump.

Read more about how we’re polling this here.

What are Amy Klobuchar’s policy positions?

  • On healthcare
    • At a March CNN town hall, Klobuchar said that while she wants to see universal healthcare coverage become a reality in the US, she does not support Medicare for All, calling it an “aspiration.”
    • At the Democratic primary debate in August, Klobuchar expressed her oppositionto eliminating private health insurance under Medicare for All. “Bernie wrote the bill, but I read the bill. And on page 8, it says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it. That means 149 million Americans will no longer be able to have their current insurance. And I don’t think that’s a bold idea, I think it’s a bad idea.”
    • She added: “what I support is something Barack Obama wanted to do from the beginning, which creates a public option: a nonprofit choice that will bring down the costs of insurance, cover 12 million more people, and bring down costs for 13 million more people.”
    • She supports lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 55, and co-sponsored a bill introduced by Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii that would create an expanded public option to allow people to buy into Medicaid or Medicare at a reasonable price.
    • Klobuchar has also sponsored bipartisan legislation that would lower the cost of prescription drugs, and allow Medicaid to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
  • On immigration:
    • Klobuchar voted for 2013 immigration legislation to provide a path to citizenship to most undocumented immigrants without criminal records and increase the availability of skills-based visas while allocating more funding for border security.
    • “Our state’s economy is so strong and we rely on legal immigrant employees to work at the turkey farms, out in the farm fields and other places like health care assistance,” Klobuchar said in 2018.
    • She does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but believes the agency should be reformed.
  • On climate change:
    • Klobuchar does not currently support the Green New Deal, but says she would have the US re-join the Paris Accords if she became president. The international agreement – which the Trump administration pulled the US out of – aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions 45% by the year 2030 and expand renewable energy output.
    • At a September CNN climate town hall, Klobuchar argued in favor of carbon pricing and a plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while embracing natural gas a “transition” fuel to help the US move away from foreign oil.
    • Klobuchar also expressed interest in working with the meat and dairy industries to lower their carbon footprint and water usage, saying, “I am hopeful that we can do this in a way, when I’m president, where we can continue to have hamburgers and cheese.”
  • On campaign finance/election reform:
  • On abortion:
  • On LGBTQ rights
    • Klobuchar supports same-sex marriage, and has pushed for measures to combat LGBTQ discrimination, writing in a 2013 report that discrimination is “not only morally wrong” but “bad for business and hurts our economy.
  • On education:
    • While she doesn’t support free, four-year college for all, Klobuchar supports reducing student debt burdens and increasing options for Americans to refinance their student loans.
    • Klobuchar also supports expanding access to technical and vocational training, including introducing legislation to allow 529 education savings accounts to be used to fund vocational education.
    • She’s praised a plan introduced by 2020 rival Sen. Kamala Harris that would give US public school teachers an average $13,500 pay raise.
  • On guns:
    • Klobuchar is from a rural state with a strong hunting culture, joking that she doesn’t want to hurt her “Uncle Dick in the deer stand” at a CNN town hall.
    • She supports instituting universal background checks, banning assault rifles, and Extreme Risk Orders – also known as “red flag” laws – which allow law enforcement to remove guns from people they determine to be a threat.
    • At the third Democratic debate in September, Klobuchar also backed a voluntary government buyback of semi-automatic weapons for people who want to surrender their guns.
  • On criminal justice reform:
    • Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, recently came out in support of marijuana legalization, saying she believes that “states should have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders.”
    • Klobuchar previously supported the STATES Act, which would have prohibited the Department of Justice from cracking down on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug.
  • On trade:
    • Klobuchar has previously supported US tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum imports, according to CNBC.
    • She’s criticized the Trump administration, however, for the damage retaliatory tariffs imposed by China have caused to the Midwest’s rural farmers.
    • At the third Democratic debate in September, Klobuchar said, “[Trump] has assessed these tariffs on our allies, he’s putting us in the middle of this trade war, and he’s using our farmers like poker chips in one of his bankrupt casinos. And if we are not careful, he will bankrupt this country.”
  • On foreign policy:
    • Klobuchar opposed Trump withdrawing troops from Syria earlier this year, voting for a Senate legislation which rebuffed his decision, PBS reported.
    • She’s criticized Trump for becoming friendlier with US adversaries like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un while distancing himself from traditional American allies, telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow she believes America must “stand as a beacon of democracy.”
    • She took a dig at Trump’s foreign policy at her campaign launch, saying “we must respect our frontline troops, diplomats, and intelligence officers … they deserve better than foreign policy by tweet.”
  • On taxes:
    • Klobuchar’s Senate website says she supports legislation that would “simplify the tax code, close wasteful loopholes, bring back money U.S. companies are holding overseas to fund infrastructure projects here at home, and provide incentives to keep jobs in America.”
    • She criticized the 2018 Republican tax reform bill, saying it “created a terrible incentive to move jobs and operations abroad to take advantage of tax havens.”
  • On jobs and the economy:
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What are Amy Klobuchar’s political successes?

How much money has Amy Klobuchar raised?

Compared to the rest of the field, Klobuchar has been a lackluster fundraiser. She raised $5.2 million between announcing her campaign on February 10 and the end of 2019’s first fundraising quarter on March 31.

Klobuchar raised $3.9 million in 2019’s second quarter from April 1 to June 30, and announced bringing in $4.8 million in 2019’s third fundraising quarter between July 1 and September 30.

Could Amy Klobuchar beat President Trump?

Referring back to Insider’s recurring poll, Amy Klobuchar overall is believed to be a much weaker candidate in a general election against Donald Trump compared to the whole field.

Based on responses from Democratic primary voters, for a typical candidate surveyed about a third of respondents think they’d win, and another third think they’d lose. Despite largely running on her own electability, Klobuchar comes in a bit low: only about 15% think she’d win.

How is Amy Klobuchar viewed by voters compared to the competition?

Insider has conducted a number of other polls to check in on how these candidates are perceived in comparison to one another. When we asked respondents to one poll to rank how far to the left or to the right they considered the candidates, Klobuchar was generally considered to be one of the more right-leaning or centrist candidates in the field, and the most right-leaning of the top tier of candidates to which she is in now.

Klobuchar was among the more experienced candidates in the field by far when we asked respondents to rank the candidates based on how prepared they are for the rigors of the presidency given what they knew about their history of public service and experience with government. And when asked how likable or personable respondents perceived the candidates to be, Klobuchar was in the middle of the pack.

Recently, Klobuchar emphasized her experience in government and took a shot at the 37-year-old upstart presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, telling CNN that a woman with Buttigieg’s comparable lack of government experience wouldn’t qualify for a Democratic debate.

“I’m the one from the Midwest that has actually won in a statewide race over and over again,” she said. “Those are the kind of voters I have won. And that’s not true of Mayor Pete. That’s just a fact.”

How do Democratic voters feel about Amy Klobuchar’s qualifications?

Insider has conducted polling about how voters feel about candidate attributes or qualifications. We asked respondents about a list of possible qualifications and if they made them more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for president.

For example, among respondents who said they’d vote in the Democratic primary, 19% said a candidate being a college professor made them likelier to support them, while 4% said it made them less likely to, for a +15% net favorability. We can then see how different candidates’ resumes stack up compared to those preferences.

Attributes perceived as most valuable include her released tax returns (+43%), position in the Senate (+40%), middle-class upbringing (+36%), Ivy league education (+7%) and past as a lawyer (+3%).

Attributes considered to be a liability based on the preferences of self-reported Democratic voters include her history as a prosecutor (-1%) and corporate lawyer (-33%).

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