Why Klobuchar Should Be the Democratic Frontrunner for the 2020 Election


Amy Klobuchar at the Minnesota DFL election night party. Source: Lorie Shaull, Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/number7cloud/43942358350)

On a cold February day in Boom Island Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that she would be joining the field of Democratic presidential candidates running in 2020. A candidate that many people can stand behind, Klobuchar sets realistic goals that can actually be accomplished during her term, comes from a background that many can relate to, and most importantly, believes in having a unified government that can actually get things done.

At a recent CNN town hall, Senator Klobuchar offered realistic, feasible solutions to the problems that have arisen in our society. This is a welcome change from the sugar-coated promises other candidates have been discussing. For example, on the topic of Medicare-for-all Klobuchar said “It could be a possibility in the future. I’m just looking for something that will work now.” She understands that there are some solutions available but they aren’t solutions that would benefit the public in the foreseeable future. Having a politician who actually accomplishes what they promise would be breath of fresh air.

Similarly, the Minnesota senator offers a more sensible alternative on the topic of fellow presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders’ free college proposal. “I am not for free four-year college for all, no,” Klobuchar said. “If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would.” Instead, she supports an expansion of Pell grants, free two-year community college, and easier ways for students to refinance their loans, all of which are plausible ideas that could really help those who need it now, not in five or ten years after a long battle on Capitol Hill.

Not only would Klobuchar be a president for the people in the sense that she actually wants to get things done, but she is also someone that understands the average American. When Klobuchar announced her presidential bid she said, “I’m running for this job for every person who wants their work recognized and rewarded. I’m running for every parent who wants a better world for their kids. I’m running for every student who wants a good education. For every senior who wants affordable prescription drugs. For every worker, farmer, dreamer, builder. For every American, I’m running for you.” That is what we need in a president. Someone who has worked hard for all they have achieved, someone who understands the struggles that the average American faces, someone who wants to do what’s best for every American.

What this country needs is a strong leader — one that has strong beliefs that they stand by and realizes that the most important thing isn’t being right; it’s making good changes to help the people. After the partial government shutdown that just happened, it was evident that this division in the government was hurting the American people in a way that shouldn’t be possible. Everyday Americans with government jobs shouldn’t have to go without pay because some politicians don’t know how to compromise. Klobuchar understands that what we need right now is a united government and she is willing to work towards that. “But that sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. We are all tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding. Today we say enough is enough,” said Klobuchar.

I realize that some may say Klobuchar’s electability in Minnesota comes from her taking a more moderate position, which won’t allow her to represent everything Democrats stand for as President of the United States. However, what we need right now in this political climate is someone who is willing to compromise, to achieve what will ultimately benefit America.

These reasons clearly explain why Senator Amy Klobuchar is the presidential candidate that deserves our support in 2020. She will work to unite our government so it can actually pass legislation that will help the American people. In a statement made by Klobuchar, she said, “I’m asking you to join us on this campaign. It’s a homegrown one. I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit. I have family. I have friends. I have neighbors. I have all of you who are willing to come out in the middle of the winter, all of you who took the time to watch us today, all of you who are willing to stand up and say people matter.”