Endorsement: Choose Klobuchar for U.S. SenateFirst-term U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar deserves re-election.
By: Forum Communications Co., South Washington County Bulletin
EDITOR’S NOTE: These endorsements reflect the opinion of Forum Communications Co., parent company of the Bulletin.
For six years, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the first Minnesota woman ever elected to the Senate, has stood strong with jobs-hungry Minnesotans and with jobs-producing Minnesota businesses. She consistently has been in our corners. On Nov. 6, voters who are eager like she is for our nation to “move forward” again can be in her corner, re-electing her and sending her back to Washington to continue to work and to fight on our behalf.
Her first term in D.C. has been filled with working and fighting — and successes. Like bringing broadband to rural Minnesota. And curbing excessive price speculation in oil markets, something that artificially drives up gas prices. And encouraging international tourism by shortening the excessively long time it takes for foreign travelers to receive U.S. tourist vistas. That effort is a potential boon as foreign tourists are estimated to drop $5,000 or more every time they travel to the U.S.
In addition, Sen. Klobuchar has worked effectively with Minnesota’s other representatives in Washington. She has been on the front lines at the federal level in what has become a national struggle against dangerous synthetic drugs. She supported legislation to make sure deployed Minnesota guardsmen fighting overseas received days off and other benefits they were promised on their return; the benefits were threatened mid-deployment.
Klobuchar’s Republican opponent is Kurt Bills, a straight-talking city councilor and high school economics teacher from Rosemount.
“This isn’t an Amy vs. Kurt thing. This is an America vs. D.C. thing. Our country is so out of equilibrium right now,” Bills said recently.
Like Klobuchar, Bills talks about a way forward. His includes an unspecified “great compromise.” Hers includes an educational system that fills the jobs of tomorrow. And it includes fiscal stability.
Klobuchar deserves re-election to the U.S. Senate.