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

Greg Nash

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (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.{mosads}

Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (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 McConnell (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 Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (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 Trump.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Amy Klobuchar Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Kirsten Gillibrand Mitch McConnell

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