Klobuchar team dismisses report that Biden aides are mulling alliance with her

Klobuchar team dismisses report that Biden aides are mulling alliance with her
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests | First lawsuit filed against Trump social media order | Snapchat to no longer promote Trump's account Derek Chauvin charge upgraded to second-degree murder; other officers charged Democratic lawmakers push leadership to ensure college students have internet access MORE's (D-Minn.) presidential campaign dismissed a reported effort by 2020 rival Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE's team to form an alliance in the Iowa caucuses.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that several members of the former vice president's campaign approached a senior Klobuchar aide at a dinner this week and broached the possibility of an alliance in which supporters from the two campaigns would bolster each other's numbers in Iowa precincts where one was not viable.

But the senior Klobuchar aide, Pete Giangreco, reportedly dismissed the effort led by Biden's Iowa state director, Jake Braun. The senator's campaign told the Times that it had no intention of working with rivals in Iowa or elsewhere.

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“Our campaign is on the rise,” said Tim Hogan, Klobuchar's communications director. “We’ve never made caucus deals with other campaigns and don’t intend to.”

Biden's campaign declined to comment to the Times when contacted about the story.

The report comes as Biden's campaign has faced a surging Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.) in Iowa. Biden, the former front-runner, now trails Sanders by single digits in several polls ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Biden and Klobuchar have battled for the mantle of leader of the party's centrist lane for months alongside former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE (D), who also remains a potential force in next week's Iowa caucuses.

An Iowa poll released this week found Klobuchar in third place, behind Biden, with the support of 13 percent of registered Democrats to Biden's 21 percent.