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 KlobucharHarris's stepkids call her 'Momala' Sanders joins striking workers at UCLA in first 2020 California visit Lawmakers urge tech to root out extremism after New Zealand 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."

"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 HarrisStrategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Rock the Vote President calls for dismantling of electoral college 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Watchdog group calls on 2020 candidates to release 10 years of tax returns MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, has said he doesn't support reparations but, like Klobuchar, has said he supports investing in distressed communities.