Candidate Profile
Amy Klobuchar

Democrat

Biography

Name
Amy Klobuchar
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Liberal

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  50%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  25%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 18% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  13%
Freedom Index, 2019:  11% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  10% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  14%, 7% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  19%, 6% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  6%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  5%, 5% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2018:  5%, 5% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  4% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  3%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  3%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  8%, 2% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  0%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  0%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  0%
FRC Action, 2018:  0%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  F-
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F

7%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  100%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  100%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  100%, 99% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  100%, 96% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  100%, 95% (cum.)
Common Cause, 2017-18:  93%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  89%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  85%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  B
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  64%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  50%

93%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

3
Angie Craig, Liz Mathis, Molly Donahue

Others

1
Andy McKean

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
16
ActBlue (2019), Bob Casey Jr (2013), Christopher Murphy (2013), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2018), Emily's List (2017), League Of Conservation Voters (2018) and 10 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
201
21st Century Democrats (2006), A New Direction PAC (2017), ActBlue (2019), Airline Pilots Association (2015), Alan Franken (2006), Alexander Soros (2018) and 195 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar pledges to end the Title X gag rule and ensure funding for Planned Parenthood in her first 100 days as president.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Voted against S. 311.  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Klobuchar would require taxpayers earning more than $1 million to pay at least a 30 percent minimum tax rate, create a tax credit of up to $6,000 for individuals caring for an aging relative or a relative with a disability, and raise capital gains and dividends tax rates on taxpayers in the two highest income tax brackets."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "with the number of Americans over the age 65 set to double over the next 30 years, we must preserve and enhance the health care and retirement programs our seniors depend on while also helping families prepare for the demands of an aging population."  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "There’s no question about it — the federal minimum wage must be increased to $15 an hour."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says the "Equality Act is an important step in stopping discrimination against LGBT Americans."  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "...I am someone of faith. I’m congregational and have been involved in the Senate Prayer Breakfast for a long time. And it’s really, if you’ve heard my story about my dad, been a big part of my life. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t respect the Constitution and the separation of church and state, which I do, so I hope you will caucus [for me]."  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Klobuchar did not co-sponsor Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation. She has not released a detailed healthcare plan. But she has said she would improve on the Affordable Care Act by adding a public option, giving people the chance to choose a government-backed plan."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Klobuchar noted that she would not be in favor of eliminating private insurance companies.  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "she would invest in diplomacy and rebuild the State Department and modernize our military to stay one step ahead of China and Russia, including with serious investments in cybersecurity."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "she would push for grants toward homeland security to go after violent extremism and support strong law enforcement to prevent children from being influences by extremism organizations."  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "the Administration’s policy at the border is putting lives in danger. It’s past time for comprehensive immigration reform."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar wants "comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship and the DREAM Act."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Most undocumented immigrants would get a legal status and path to citizenship under plans Klobuchar has supported, including the 2013 immigration bill passed by the Senate. She has also said she would increase legal immigration, with a focus on increasing the number of temporary work visas available. Klobuchar would reform U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but would not abolish the agency."  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says she wants to propose a “historic investment” in U.S. public schools to boost teacher pay and help kids in underperforming schools. She supports universal pre-K that is free for low-income families. She said she wants to make community college and technical schools tuition-free and to let students refinance loans at lower rates.  Source

I support charter schools.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "...Klobuchar was asked several charter school related questions, including whether she would support the NAACP moratorium on charters or 'put a halt to the privatization of public education.' In response she stopped short of saying that she would support the moratorium or halt privatization, but she did state several times that 'public schools are the mainstay of our education system' and that her record shows that she has not supported charter schools. She said that to be considered public schools charters must have 'high accountability standards' and that charter teachers must have the right to organize.  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "right now in most states LGBTQ Americans can be fired or evicted just for who they are. The Equality Act is a vital step to correct these wrongs and Senate Republicans should bring it to a vote."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Congregationalist  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I have opposed the death penalty from back in my time as a prosecutor..."  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We have to do more to reduce inflexible mandatory minimums and add safety valves, building on the federal reforms we made last year."  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar wants to set up a new system for clemency as soon as possible, aiming to release thousands of people with overly long prison sentences who’ve shown signs of rehabilitation. "The next president owes it to the people of this country to leave no one behind. Reforming the presidential pardon system through the creation of a clemency advisory board and the addition of a dedicated, criminal justice reform adviser to the White House would move us one step closer to an America that's as good as its promise."  Source  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says she wants to "prevent federal funding from being used to arm teachers."  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar supports a "package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the ‘boyfriend loophole’ by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms."  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Not entirely clear. Klobuchar supports investing in "those communities that have been so hurt by racism."  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar would "prioritize combating domestic terrorism and empower law enforcement to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of hate-motivated violence, prevent people convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms."  Source

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar strongly supports the Paris Climate Agreement and has pushed the Administration to rejoin the Agreement.  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Voted "YES" Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1) on February 5, 2019  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says she "open to eliminating the electoral college."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Klobuchar says "there are barriers to voting, such as voter ID laws, and is exploring explored ideas to improve voter access." Klobuchar urged "the defeat and repeal of unduly restrictive voter ID laws, and highlighted the need for additional polling places, poll workers and fully functioning voting machines as actions to take to improve voter participation."  Source


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