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

Greg Nash

Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) presidential campaign dismissed a reported effort by 2020 rival Joe Biden’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.

“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 Sanders (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 Buttigieg (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.

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