Klobuchar on Green New Deal: ‘I see it as aspirational’

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) said Tuesday evening that she views the recently proposed "Green New Deal" as “aspirational,” but was less committal about specific legislative proposals.

“I see it as aspirational, I see it as a jump-start. So I would vote yes, but I would also, if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, ‘oh, here are some goals we have,’ that would be different for me,” the Democratic presidential candidate said during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier.

“I am for a jump-start of the discussion and a framework as Sen. [Ed] Markey [D-Mass.] has described,” she added.

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Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced companion resolutions on the Green New Deal last week. The nonbinding measures have a goal of creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs” by working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that the Senate would hold a vote on Green New Deal legislation, an effort to put undeclared Democrats on the record about the proposal from the party's progressive wing.

Several Democratic senators who have announced White House bids have already backed the idea of a Green New Deal, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Why Joe Biden needs Kamala Harris MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (N.Y.).

“For us to do nothing and go backwards is wrong. So I view this as a framework for discussion,” Klobuchar said Tuesday on Fox. “We just need to start as a country seeing it as aspiration to do better than we’re doing now.” 

While many of the Democratic candidates who have announced presidential bids so far appear to be angling their appeal to the party’s progressive wing, Klobuchar is seeking a more center-left approach that leverages on her “Minnesota nice” reputation as a contrast to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE.