CONWAY — “I don't want to be president for half of America, I want to be president for all of America.”
That’s the message that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), one of 15 Democrats seeking to be that party's presidential nominee, is bringing to the Granite State over the next two days when she launches her “For all of America” tour across New Hampshire's 10 counties.
She is scheduled to kick off her whirlwind county trek today at 2 p.m. at Keene State College.
The following day, after stopping in Sullivan, Rockingham and Hillsborough counties, Klobuchar plans visits to the six remaining counties, including Carroll County.
The stops she plans to make in North Conway on Thursday are at Veno’s Specialty Foods and Meats in Conway at approximately 2 p.m. and then the Met Coffee House in North Conway at around 2:15 p.m. Both stops are open to the public.
It’s been a busy week for Klobuchar, 59, from Minneapolis. On Tuesday, she was at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, to take part in the third Democratic debate.
Also appearing in the CNN/New York Times Democratic Presidential Debate were former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former HUD Secretary Julian Castro; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; California Sen. Kamala Harris; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; billionaire investor and activist Tom Steyer; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and John Delaney of Maryland did not qualify for the debate. Candidates were required to collect donations from 130,000 unique donors and achieve 2 percent support in four qualifying polls.
Klobuchar, a former county attorney in Minnesota who was elected to U.S. Senate in 2006, last appeared in Carroll County on July 7 at Tuckerman Brewing on Hobbs Street in Conway Village and later at a meet-and-greet at the home of state Rep. Edie DesMarais (D-Wolfeboro).
While at Tuckerman, Klobuchar vowed to take dark money out of politics, reverse Citizens United and tackle health-care costs.
The latter, she said, would include lowering the costs of prescription drugs. She talked about a diabetic who died as a result of rationing his insulin — the tragic consequence of the cost of his life-giving medication skyrocketing.
She also talked of visiting former President Jimmy Carter and seeing the words of his vice president (fellow Minnesotan Walter Mondale, her political hero) in his Georgia library, which said: “We told the truth, we obeyed the law, we kept the peace.”
None of which, she said, the current president is doing. But, she added, “This is the minimum of what you can expect of me.”
Klobuchar, a Yale and University of Chicago Law School grad, became Minnesota’s first elected female United States senator in 2006. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2018.
Klobuchar has been calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In an editorial board with The Des Moines Register on Oct. 4, she compared the impeachment inquiry of Trump to scenes from the 1976 movie “All The President’s Men.”
“They basically went in to look for dirt on a political opponent for the president. Then when they were caught ... they had a cover-up. And when ... (Trump’s) people, all the president’s men, have put these calls on a secret server, that is the cover-up,” Klobuchar told the Register.
She also shared her thoughts on Trump’s handling of Turkey’s incursion into Syria. Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday, she said, “(Trump) has done something so immoral. He didn’t have to do this. He didn’t have to give in to (President Ahmet) Erdogan. He could have literally over time negotiated, worked on this and not set up our allies (the Kurds), people who literally stood by our side. People that had been willing to stand with us in the fight against Isis. He left them for slaughter. Kids have been killed.”
Klobuchar formally entered the 2020 race during one of the worst weather presidential announcements in recent memory — outdoors in a driving snowstorm in frigid temperatures on Feb. 10. At the time, she was the 12th Democrat and sixth woman to jump into the field.
“What makes me unique is I did this announcement speech in the middle of a blizzard, and I think we need people with grit — I have that grit,” she quipped to the media after the announcement.
She added: “I am tough enough to take on Donald Trump. I would have liked to have seen him sitting here in the snow for an hour giving this speech.”
Klobuchar promised she’ll focus on getting things done as president.
“For too long, leaders in Washington have sat on the sidelines while others try to figure out what to do about the changing economy and its impact on our lives,” she said.
Klobuchar and John Bessler, her husband, have a daughter, Abigail, age 24.
For more go to amyklobuchar.com.
Managing Editor Margaret McKenzie contributed to this story.