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 KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage 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 HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns another 'economic crash' is coming The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, has said he doesn't support reparations but, like Klobuchar, has said he supports investing in distressed communities.