Klobuchar on reparations debate: 'Have to invest' in communities hurt by racism

Klobuchar on reparations debate: 'Have to invest' in communities hurt by racism
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharInslee gives public option first test in Washington state Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that she supports investing in "those communities that have been so hurt by racism" when asked where she stands on reparations.

Klobuchar, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, added, however, that "it doesn’t have to be a direct pay for each person."

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"But what we can do is invest in those communities. Acknowledge what’s happened. ... Making sure we have that shared dream of opportunity for all Americans," she said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Klobuchar became the latest candidate to comment on the idea of reparations, which has become a growing debate in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. 

Multiple other candidates have voiced firmer support for reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off Hillicon Valley: Florida county that backed Trump was one of two hacked by Russians | Sandberg pushes back on calls to break up Facebook | Conservative groups ask WH to end Amazon talks over Pentagon contract MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE (D-Mass.) as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The most fervent supporter of reparations has been self-help author Marianne Williamson, who has said she would like to set aside up to $500 billion for reparations if elected president. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, has said he doesn't support reparations but, like Klobuchar, has said he supports investing in distressed communities.