Klobuchar says she's not worried about leaving campaign trail for impeachment trial: 'I meet whatever obstacle is put in front of me'

Klobuchar says she's not worried about leaving campaign trail for impeachment trial: 'I meet whatever obstacle is put in front of me'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday she isn't worried that missing time on the presidential campaign trail for a potential Senate impeachment trial will place her at a disadvantage in the primary race. 

"I meet whatever obstacle is put in front of me," Klobuchar said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" after host Dana BashDana BashMeadows says Republican colleagues 'wrong' for suggesting Trump's phone call was inappropriate Judiciary Democrat: House impeaching Trump not a 'foregone conclusion' Judiciary Democrat who worked on Nixon impeachment says alleged Trump misconduct is worse MORE asked the Senate Judiciary Committee member if she thinks she'll be at a disadvantage if she has to spend more time in Washington than on the campaign trail. 

"And this is more than an obstacle. It's my constitutional obligation," Klobuchar added. 

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She said supporters who have endorsed her as well as her husband and daughter can continue to campaign for her. 

Klobuchar said on on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that lawmakers' "first obligation is a constitutional one" and that they "don't have a choice" but to push forward with impeachment proceedings. 

"This is something where the Founding Fathers themselves — James Madison said that the reason we needed impeachment provisions is that he feared that a president would betray the trust of the American people to a foreign power. That's why this is proceeding. I see it simply as a global Watergate," Klobuchar said. 

"Back then, you had a president in Richard Nixon who was paranoid, and he delegated to some people to go break into the headquarters and get into a file cabinet to get dirt on a political opponent. That's basically what this president has done on a global basis. Yes, it's a public trial, and the public will be able to see more and will be able to reach their own decisions, but in the end it's our constitutional obligation, and I can do two things at once," she added.

A potential impeachment trial in the Senate, which could take place in January, threatens to ground several presidential candidates during the crucial stretch heading into the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE (Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE, (Calif.), Klobuchar and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race MORE (N.J.) would all need to leave the campaign trail for the trial, which could benefit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states MORE.