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Source: The Week

Will Amy Klobuchar's tough-on-crime history come back to haunt her?

Tuesday 08:04 GMT

Less likely to fade, though, is her history as a "no-nonsense prosecutor" in an era where liberal voters find the tough-on-crime tactics of late-1990s Democrats to be increasingly repugnant.

Like California Senator Kamala Harris, another former prosecutor running for the Democratic nomination, Klobuchar built her early political reputation as an aggressive prosecutor. Now Klobuchar and Harris face a primary electorate that has tired of the War on Drugs and is worried about the effect of over-incarceration — a late 2018 poll suggests 87 percent of Democrats support a reduction in the prison population.

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Source: The Guradian

Amy Klobuchar rails at ‘shutdowns and putdowns’ in speech for 2020 race

Tuesday 13:35 GMT

Strong suspicions that Senator Amy Klobuchar would run for president in 2020 were confirmed on a freezing Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, just 11 miles from her hometown of Plymouth, Minnesota.

It’s the unassuming tenacity of the midwest brand that Dr Paul Goren, a professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Minnesota, sees as setting Klobuchar apart from the growing Democratic pack for 2020.

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Source: The Week

Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign is doomed

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Amy Klobuchar's announcement nearly froze the candidate to the dais: The three-term Minnesota senator announced her entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sweepstakes while a winter storm dumped several inches of snow on the Twin Cities.

Even if these reports were inaccurate, Klobuchar would still represent an essential contradiction in presidential campaigns: What we value in office generally doesn't pay off on the campaign trail.

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Source: Fox News

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announces 2020 Senate bid for McCain seat

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Sen. John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat in 2020 to finish the term.

Kelly, who came into the national spotlight when his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, will seek to take on Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who was appointed to McCain’s seat last year after she was narrowly defeated by now-Sen.

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Source: Fox News

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announces 2020 Senate bid for McCain seat

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Sen. John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat in 2020 to finish the term.

Kelly, who came into the national spotlight when his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, will seek to take on Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who was appointed to McCain’s seat last year after she was narrowly defeated by now-Sen.

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Source: The Week

The unaddressed sins of Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar

Thursday 20:55 GMT

This sort of honesty wouldn't be easy, but it would be refreshing — and it could be these former prosecutors' only chance to win the support of rightly skeptical voters whose commitment to criminal justice reform predates this campaign.

Though neither candidate has much in the way of position statements on her website yet, Harris' launch speech touted her history of "fighting for a more fair criminal justice system," while Klobuchar said she has advocated and "will always continue to advocate for criminal justice reform."


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