FARGO — Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota and Democratic candidate for president, packed a downtown eatery for an appearance Thursday morning, June 6, at Atomic Coffee.
Klobuchar shared personal stories and touched on issues she said are critical to the country's future, including climate change; drug prices; applying anti-trust laws to large tech companies and placing greater attention on voting rights and online political advertising.
"These are all pro-democracy issues," Klobuchar said, speaking to a coffee house filled with supporters, including former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who told the crowd no one in Washington will ever out work, or out think, Klobuchar.
"Welcome home, Amy. This is where you belong," Heitkamp said by way of greeting her former congressional colleague.
Klobuchar refrained from saying too much about the crowded field of Democratic candidates for president, which numbers about two dozen, but stressed she has never lost a race for office.
She has succeeded in her races, she said, "by building trust." She also shared that a recent poll indicated she is in sixth place among the 24 current candidates.
Klobuchar made a pitch for financial support, noting that one indicator of her ability to raise funds includes the fact that, in the past when she sent out a call for help to people she knew, she received $17,000 in donations from former boyfriends.
"We are not going to be able to do it without your help," she told the crowd.
Referring to President Donald Trump, Klobuchar said Trump does things every day that fracture America's sense of community, including, she said, going after immigrants as well as people in his own political party who don't agree with him.
She pointed to dismissive statements the president made regarding British dignitaries while on a visit to Great Britain, as well as the president's call for a boycott of an American company — AT&T — because he was unhappy with reportage of CNN, an AT&T subsidiary.
"That was just the last few days," Klobuchar said.
"We should be governing from opportunity instead of chaos," Klobuchar added.
Also on Thursday, Klobuchar spoke at an earlier event held at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead regarding the state of biofuels and issues facing Minnesota farmers.
She talked about recent Environmental Protection Agency actions on the Renewable Fuel Standards, including, according to her office, the continued misuse of small refinery hardship waivers.