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Klobuchar endorses Joe Biden for president

Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign for president during a campaign event in Dallas, Texas, on Monday.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign for president during a campaign event in Dallas, Texas, on Monday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, officially ending her presidential campaign.

“It is up to us, all of us, to put our country back together, to heal this country, and then to build something even greater. I believe we can do this together,” Klobuchar said at a Biden rally in Dallas. “And that is why today, I am ending my campaign, and endorsing Joe Biden for president.”

Klobuchar used her speaking time to riff on her own campaign stump speech, but applied her words to Biden.

“If you feel tired of the noise and the nonsense in our politics, and if you are tired of the extremes, you have home with me,” she said, adding: “And I think you know you have a home with Joe Biden.”


Her argument for endorsing Biden relied first and foremost on her belief that Biden will return the White House to “decency” and “dignity.” And, she said, he can win the coalition that she sought to win throughout her own presidential campaign.

“He can bring our country together and build that coalition of our Democratic base, as well as independents and moderate Republicans,” she said. “Because we do not want to just eke by a victory, we want to win big.”

Two other former candidates endorsed Biden in Dallas: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar told reporters they made the decision to drop after the South Carolina primary results.

Most of Minnesota’s Democratic congressional delegation and several state officials endorsed Klobuchar before she dropped her bid. (Rep. Ilhan Omar and Attorney General Keith Ellison endorsed Sanders.) At least one of them has followed Klobuchar’s lead in endorsing Biden: Rep. Collin Peterson, a conservative Democrat who represents Minnesota’s Seventh District.

“If we spend the next four months, dividing our party and going at each other, we will spend the next four years watching Donald Trump tear apart this country,” Klobuchar said at the rally. “We need to unite our party and our country and to do it not just with our words but with our actions.”

Comments (49)

  1. Submitted by richard owens on 03/03/2020 - 11:17 am.

    Amy Klobuchar, you stand in the way of real change.

    Joe is past his sell-by date. Bernie is the best chance at real change.

    Acid mining is a short term idea that will end in pollution and depletion.

    (IMO) Amy was better before the campaign. I hope she can keep her seat and begin catching up with the folks who have had enough of half-measures and compromise with authoritarians.

    • Submitted by lisa miller on 03/03/2020 - 11:32 am.

      Sure and then we can lose again to Trump if Sanders is the nominee, get real.

      • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 03/03/2020 - 03:48 pm.

        What is Biden bringing to the table that Hillary didn’t? I don’t see much difference in them and we know how that ended.

      • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:36 am.

        Sadly, that’s gonna be the outcome anyway. You centrists still haven’t figured out a way to make actual liberals decide that they need to enjoy having their ideals cast aside as foolishness, their concerns as minor inconveniences. After all, you’re the only “adults” in the room, why would you listen to the concerns of the “children”, don’t they know they’re only supposed to vote as they’re told, not make a fuss with all these silly IDEAS?

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/03/2020 - 11:50 am.

      Real change all right. After Trump destroys Sanders and the Republicans wipe out the house majority, you won’t even recognize this country.

      • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 03/03/2020 - 01:26 pm.

        Got to wonder who was running the country the last time Dems lost the House ?!!!

      • Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 03/03/2020 - 01:33 pm.

        Sanders has a good deal more fight left in him than Biden. Even if Biden were elected, by 2022 he will be about as coherent as Reagan was in the last year of his presidency, vacant and propped up like a true figurehead. Which says a lot about the people who think he is electable.

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/03/2020 - 03:40 pm.

        Sure, just look at how the last centrist Wall Street friendly Dem defeated Don Trump.

        • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/03/2020 - 05:45 pm.

          Hey now, the Democratic establishment has handed us a whopping 4 presidential victories in the last 40 years, ya know. Never you mind that they lost 6, and that neither of the ones that won were the choice they ACTUALLY wanted, that’s like hitting .400 in baseball, right?

        • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/03/2020 - 06:17 pm.

          Clinton wasn’t a great candidate, but ran a close race, got more votes, and lost by a hair. Sanders will get crushed once they start in on his unpopular polices, praise for authoritarian dictators and personal failings (being a deadbeat dad, his wife’s bank fraud), etc.

          • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:25 am.

            Which “popular” policies will Biden be running on again? Which ones do you suppose he’ll be passing in a Republican Senate, since with the lack of enthusiasm he is going to need to combat from all but the most ardent moderates, the Senate is already lost.

            • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/08/2020 - 06:06 pm.

              Frank Bruni has a great op-ed in the Sunday NYTimes (3/7/2020), where he delineates how Bernie Sanders’s ideological positions have influenced ALL the Democrats in this year’s primaries. Including Joe Biden.

              We don’t need to elect the Screamer to get a solid leftist Democratic candidate ad platform (please look at ideas, not the person, oh ye Bernie cultists! The best qualified to actually get a solid leftist program enacted has never been Sanders; it was Elizabeth Warren, the braver of the Sanders/Warren candidates who actually put out numbers on funding mechanisms that Bernie was too scared to do).)

          • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 03/04/2020 - 06:50 am.

            Clinton, the “safe” choice was creamed by an obnoxious opponent. The fact that it was even close proves that the “safe” choice is the path to failure. Now the choice is for a candidate cause he won in a state that gets among the highest in handouts. Thank God that’s not socialism.

            The sprightly “safe” choice is a man who cannot remember his words and had his own dictators (Mubarak), paved the way for apartheid in Israel, undermined his own president in the White House with
            Netanyahu. And yes has a son on a do nothing $80+K month payroll of a state that relies on American funding. No corruption there.

            Oh and the last time the “safe” choice was in office they lost the Senate and the House. Now, they’re gonna win it all back !!!

      • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/03/2020 - 05:34 pm.

        Can you tell me one thing, just one, that Biden will accomplish for me, that doesn’t involve NOT being Donald Trump. You say Bernie has no shot against Trump, I say Biden doesn’t either, so if we are both correct, I may as well go down voting for the ideas I really believe in, especially in a primary.

        • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/03/2020 - 11:29 pm.

          There is nothing policy-wise that Sanders could accomplish that Biden can’t. If anything, Biden – who was an effective Senator – would accomplish more than Sanders – who was just a waste of space in the Senate.

          Biden has his issues, but none of the baggage that Sanders does. No cozying up to dictators. His kids didn’t grow up on welfare because he didn’t have a job like Sanders did. I know Sanders is a “Democratic socialist” but using that word is political poison.

          Dems win by picking up suburban moderates. That’s how the house was won in 2018.

          • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:04 am.

            I didn’t ask what Biden COULD do, I asked what he WILL do for me, on any issue that might actually be of import to me. The status quo of Democratic administrations in my lifetime has been stagnating wages, skyrocketing health care costs, skyrocketing higher ed costs, skyrocketing childcare costs, and empty promises of a better future for me and those like me. I am by no means suggesting that any of those would be addressed by any conservative Republican administration, but I see little evidence that there is any appetite to address them from the centrist wing of the Democratic party either. If my choice of future is bad or worse, a fate shared by many millions in similar situations nationwide, I fail to see how a campaign strategy of “Taking us back to normalcy, which hey, it’s still gonna suck, but at least I ain’t Trump” is really gonna be the motivational winner needed to prevail in November.

            • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/04/2020 - 01:51 am.

              Well, for example, he supports a public option for health care. Medicare for anyone who wants it, which is a great and popular idea. Compare that with Sanders who offers nothing but an unworkable and unconstitutional pipe dream.

              The thing about centrist Democrats is not their appetite for change. Its the recognition that change is politically difficult in what is a very conservative country. The ACA gave millions access to affordable healthcare. But it barely passed and the Democrats took a political beating for it. There is no desire for the revolution Sanders seeks. The change that has occurred in this country has always been accomplished incrementally. That doesn’t make a good rally speech, but its reality. Its why Biden was an effective legislator who is respected and supported by other legislators. And why Sanders is a joke who never accomplished anything and isn’t respected and supported by his colleagues.

              • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 09:02 am.

                Therein lies the problem, if the “very conservative” nature of the country isn’t changed, there will be no country left. What good is incrementalism if all it means is talking about change that no one will ever see in their lifetime. It’s only an acceptable worldview if one subscribes to the notion that things really aren’t that bad, that solutions might be nice, but if we can’t get it done, meh, whaddya gonna do? What that says to people who actually DO have real problems is that no one really cares, and if that’s the case why wouldn’t such folks glom on to whatever platform (even one based on outright fiction like Trump’s) bothers to at least acknowledge them. The problem with your position isn’t that its moderate, its that it’s so full of self satisfied condescension that it literally begs anyone who isn’t happy with their lot in life to look elsewhere.

              • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 09:39 am.

                Oh, and when I hear “Medicare for All who Wants it” do you know what I hear? “Biden administration proposes lowering Medicare enrollment age by two years, looks to shore up Florida support for 2024 race”. Its NEVER about me. or anyone like me. Why do you think folks will continue to be satisfied by nothing, why do you insist that the only path to success is to make the youth of this nation endure greater and greater hardship. Why do you detest them SO much.

          • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 03/04/2020 - 07:02 am.

            Line up Sanders’ no vote against the war in which it was clear there was no intelligence and ended up costing America trillions and thousands of lives against Biden’s “achievements” in the Senate. Add the so called benefits against that disaster

            What exactly were his achievements in the Senate ? Name one. Nafta ? Anita Hill ? Crime Bill ? Credit Card Bill ? The man has time and again shown a complete lack of judgement and his filled with delusions of his own grandeur. I’d take Bernie’s lifetime of nos’ against Bidens “accomplishments”

            About the claim Sanders had no job before he joined Congress, (false), what about Biden. Biden has spent his entire life on the Govt. payroll. Yet Bernies’ a socialist !!!!

            Bernie praised education in Cuba. That’s it. Biden coddled dictators like Hosni Mubarak while they butchered their own people, with American money. Biden undermined the Administration with Netanyahus Israel, while the latter expanded apartheid in Israel. Biden was a part of the administration when China took this country to the cleaners. Wow, with judgement like that were electing one great “achiever”

            • Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 03/04/2020 - 10:27 am.

              Raj,

              Trump and Republicans would love showing America the difference between “Working Class Joe” and the very real, very historical, anti-working class legislative monstrosities Joe Biden supported and lead. Democrats, ever shaming progressives for demanding anything at all, for daring to point out the elitist policies of the Democratic Party, will be incapable of responding to that, other than offering up a lot of propaganda about how much Joe cares about regular Americans.

              • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/08/2020 - 06:09 pm.

                Lordy, Lord, Mr, Duncan! Remember: The alternative to the Democrat is Boy Wonder Trump!

                Enough said for all sane Americans who see a terrifying meltdown every day with the Donald.

      • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:30 am.

        You do realize that if you keep kicking out one the main support beams of the “big tent”, eventually folks are gonna tire of putting it back up, and the tent will collapse, right? Or is it that you think you’ll somehow craft a viable party from yourselves and what ever couple of moderate Republicans you might find, drifting about the wilderness? You might inquire with the remains of the Independence Party, they could give you a brief rundown of how that will go.

  2. Submitted by joe smith on 03/03/2020 - 11:47 am.

    As Joe Biden said “it’s super Thursday “ . The establishment of the DNC will do everything they can to NOT have Bernie go against President Trump next November. The problem with that is the Bernie voters may just sit out a Biden ticket, ensuring President Trump 4 more years. All of the energy in the Democratic Party is in the far left, should be an interesting next few weeks and months.

  3. Submitted by BK Anderson on 03/03/2020 - 12:43 pm.

    Ah, back to the idea of “strategic voting” and the delusion that there is some (almost certain!) metric of “electability”—which only applies to the Dem party, of course, as the existence of the spectacularly unqualified, mentally unbalanced candidate Trump 2016 demonstrates.

    Biden is an incredibly weak candidate and perhaps the only Dem candidate that the woeful imbecile Trump could (seem to) best in the (stupid) debates. Since both men frequently have trouble coherently finishing a sentence or pronouncing English words, perhaps “translations” will be made available to the general public.

    As for “being tired of the nonsense in our politics”, Senator Klobuchar, I have a hard time finding any greater nonsense than Biden’s idea that the Repub party will somehow return to “normal” (i.e. retreat from open fascism) after Trump, and that the days of Biden’s Old Time Senate are just around the corner. Now that’s delusion!

    All one can say is that when a country is in a death spiral, it is quite apparent…

  4. Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 03/03/2020 - 01:22 pm.

    Bringing the party together!!! (While acting like Bernie is a Russian asset…)

    Clearly we are witnessing the collapse of the Democratic establishment. Ms Klobuchar telling us that Biden has not been working for corporations, banks and billionaires, that he has been working and fighting for the working class all his life…yeah, that would qualify as disinformation/propaganda, if the media were actually interested in the truth of things.

    Clearly the Dem establishment and “moderates” are so alarmed by the rise of Bernie and his movement and the rise of Trump that they cannot see that Biden is clearly on the intellectual decline. Stuttering his speech throughout the debates, it is like they are projecting onto him the Biden of 2000. Biden is sure to get dismantled in the debates with Trump, shellacked in the Pres election…and what will the hapless Dem establishment and moderates do? Blame Russia and Bernie and his fans, just like after 2016, which worked oh so well.

    • Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/08/2020 - 06:13 pm.

      Mr. Duncan sounds increasingly like a Repubican misinformation plant. So much to say about how suddenly, he’s all pro-Bernie and anti-Joe Biden!

      He really is a Trump fan, and anything he says about the Democratic candidate choices is suspect. He’s like those people who, lacking any viable candidate in a Republican primary, crossed over and lied about their party allegiance so they could vote for the Democrat they find the weakest Trump opponent. In Minnesota in 2020, imagine!

      We can do it ourselves, Mr. Duncan. Thanks for your opinions, but we’re fine.

  5. Submitted by Mike Schumann on 03/03/2020 - 03:17 pm.

    I’m totally bummed that I am out of town and voted by absentee ballot. Now my vote is wasted. Jumping on the Biden bandwagon doesn’t sound smart to me. The Bernie folks are going to be totally pissed off if they think the establishment has stolen the election for the 2nd time.

    After Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview, I would have liked to have voted for Bloomberg. Maybe it’s time to have an Engineer and a real Business man in the White House. People are fed up with career politicians, which is why Trump got elected, and why Biden is going to have a real challenge winning the election.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/03/2020 - 03:38 pm.

      I’m no fan of corporate Dems like Biden, but no one is stealing anything from Bernie. Except possibly the voters.

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/03/2020 - 06:20 pm.

        Correct, but that isn’t going to stop Bernie voters from making that claim. I’m still hearing about superdelegates from 2016, even though Clinton won with pledged delegates and got millions more votes.

        • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:19 am.

          Guess whose job it is to craft a persuasive message to appeal to those folks, (hint, it ain’t the guy not winning the nomination) if you’d like their support, and maybe even their time, money, and effort, for the real fight in November? I’ll tell you a good place to start would be NOT labeling them misguided, unintelligent, children, interested only in getting stuff for free, but that’s just my two cent’s worth.

          • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/04/2020 - 10:50 am.

            I’m all for good messaging. The problem with Sanders is that he is extremely dishonest about it. I guess lying would for Trump, but maybe Democratic voters are smarter than that.

            • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:33 pm.

              And away we go, with you continuing to insist that the way to appeal to the left side if the party, that you need to beat Trump, is to tell them that they are so stupid as to support a “liar”. Never mind the fact that the centrist plan to pull in disillusioned Trump supporters is to explicitly state that they are NOT stupid and that their support for an ACTUAL liar is simply couched in “economic anxiety” and “fears of a rapidly changing world”. I actually think you WANT to lose.

  6. Submitted by richard owens on 03/03/2020 - 04:49 pm.

    As soon as Bernie looked like he could win, the corporate media (yes and WaPo and NBC and CBS) became even more anti-Sanders.

    The very IDEA that we have enough money in the USA to organize universal coverage, fully funded public schools and universities, and give all Americans a minimum wage capable of paying a months rent in any state in the union– that idea is rejected by many.

    “We don’t have enough money to help everyone!” is their so-called “reason”.

    That attitude is the same one that perpetuates working families scrambling for table scraps while anyone who cares to find out will see: all the gains of our powerful vast global economy have gone to the upper 1%. Workers are being treated like s**t.

    THE ONE PERCENT DON’T NEED more profits or more tax cuts.

    All the young need is a fair start and some political support to make our country live up to its promises. We need sensible policies for immigration and an end to refugee camps and family separation on our own borders.

    We need affordable housing. Even those economic zones programs are being ripped off by investing opportunists to build for the wealthier.

    Please vote blue, no matter who. (I think that means accepting Bernie Sanders and his unapologetic cause– the 99%.

    Notice those who reject him, even when his opponent is not fit to head up a bingo game. Those folks think the earth will last forever, that poverty isn’t important and that money is all that matters in the world.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/04/2020 - 01:53 am.

      I think Sanders is dishonest, amoral and incompetent. But I’d still vote for him over Trump in a second.

      • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 03/04/2020 - 08:29 am.

        Does your judgement of Biden include his responses when asked about Hunter Biden ?

        • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/04/2020 - 10:52 am.

          Yes, since most of the stuff about Hunter Biden is false.

          Look, Biden is far from perfect. He certainly wasn’t my first choice. He’s just a million times better than Sanders.

  7. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/03/2020 - 06:21 pm.

    Biden is her ticket to the VP spot.

    As to the reader who hoped that she could keep her seat, she has it until the NEXT Presidential election where she will have to choose between the two offices to run for. But that is only if the most hated man on earth stays in office for four more years which is very unlikely.

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:09 am.

      Nah, they won’t pull a sitting senator, I expect a real rousing selection like Terry McCauliffe or Tom Perez. You know, gotta party like its 1999. Frankly I’m shocked they haven’t Carville back in from pasture to run the thing yet. Never will we be free of he Booomer commitment to utter mediocrity until you all have breathed your last tired, rattling breath.

  8. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/03/2020 - 11:55 pm.

    Matching test:

    Demonstrated, Desired, Presidential Characteristics:

    A, Compassion for others, Empathy
    B. Physical courage in a time of danger
    C. Humility
    D. Appealing sensibilities of the “common man”
    E. Setting a moral example
    G. Charm and wit

    and Presidential answers:

    1. Roosevelt A,G
    2. Truman D
    3. Eisenhower B,C
    4. Kennedy B,G
    5. Johnson A,D
    6. Nixon
    7. Ford D
    8. Carter A,E
    9. Reagan D,G
    10. Bush B,C
    11. Clinton A,D
    12. Bush D
    13. Obama A,G
    14. Trump

    And all this suggests one theme:

    We generally do not elect obnoxious pricks to the Presidency.

    Trump overcame this in 2016 by historic HRC unpopularity.

    Nixon and Trump are the Presidential aberrations and any of the D candidates will win in 2020 in a return to normalcy.

    Super Tuesday record turnouts were not a reflection on the candidates, it was a reflection of Trump revulsion and the determination to remove him in November and the polls back this up:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_biden-6247.html

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 03/04/2020 - 12:14 am.

      Nixon’s appeal was entirely as a result of desire to withdraw from a historically unpopular military engagement, Trump also appealed to the resentment arising from the historic election of the nations first African American president. In short, it takes major historic moments to elect unpopular presidents.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/04/2020 - 01:04 pm.

        Nixon also relied heavily on hippie-bashing, a tactic employed by Republicans to this day. He also benefited from white backlash against the civil rights movement, getting the votes from those who weren’t quite ready to support Wallace.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/04/2020 - 01:09 pm.

      Interesting ranking. As far as physical courage goes, you should note that President Truman was a combat artillery captain in World War I. President Eisenhower, despite his lengthy military career, never saw combat (although I’m sure he knew, as all military officers do, that it was a distinct possibility that he would).

      • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/04/2020 - 06:09 pm.

        Maybe move Ike to “Moral Courage” or “Selfless Determination”

        He managed the egos of the like of Montgomery and Patton through suppressing his own ego for the good of the mission.

        A great book is “Ike’s Bluff” describing his actions during the late fifties when the public belief was that “old, dottering Ike” allowed the Russians to build up a bomber gap that put the US at great disadvantage. Eisenhower knew through the secret U2 overflights of Russia the status of Russian forces and our own. He willingly accepted the public abuse rather than announce the truth which would have required him to divulge what the U2 flights reviewed,

        Think how far we have descended to today. Can anyone imagine Trump accepting personal ridicule and derision in order to serve a higher purpose to his country?

        That is the story of Eisenhower’s entire career. I was always amazed at the “Ron on the Rock” crowd lobbying to put Reagan on Mount Rushmore when a true American hero was a Republican President only 20 years earlier.

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