Kolbuchar Returns to Iowa Thursday 12/05 06:14
CHICAGO (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on Thursday
rolled out a plan to help Americans succeed in a changing economy, as she
returns to Iowa looking to quickly build support with weeks to go before the
first votes are cast for the party's 2020 nomination.
The Minnesota senator's plan, which she will discuss during a three-day
swing that include forums with the Teamsters and the Iowa Farmers Union,
includes tax credits to help retrain workers who lose their jobs to automation
and support for workers and communities that have relied on the fossil fuel
industry. It also calls for more investment in cybersecurity, encouraging small
manufacturers to innovate and several measures to help the growing number of
"gig" workers, such as Uber drivers, including by allowing them to form unions
and by making it easier to file their taxes.
Klobuchar is trying to move closer to the top tier of candidates after
seeing her support slowly grow throughout the fall, thanks to two strong debate
performances that also helped the campaign bring in its highest level of
donations since she joined the race in February. She has used the money to
increase her advertising and hire more staff in Iowa and New Hampshire, the
first two states to vote, and to open offices in the next two states, Nevada
and South Carolina.
She has touted her slow-but-steady approach to the race, noting her
conservative spending in the early months of the campaign has allowed her to
stay in a contest that has had more than two dozen candidates. California Sen.
Kamala Harris became the latest to drop out of the race, saying on Tuesday that
she didn't have the funds to continue.
But Klobuchar continues to poll a distant fifth in Iowa, behind Sens.
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Vice
President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And the time
is getting short for Klobuchar to execute her strategy before Iowa's Feb. 3
Her campaign announced on Wednesday that it has hired a longtime political
operative and former Iowa Democratic Party executive director, Norm
Sterzenbach, to serve as its Iowa caucus adviser, calling the move "the latest
sign of strength heading into 2020."
Sterzenbach, who was the state director for former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's
presidential campaign before O'Rourke dropped out, brings expertise in caucus
math and geography that Klobuchar's campaign said will be a big asset heading
into the final weeks.