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Amy Klobuchar to embark on tour of blue wall states
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday as she kicks off her “Blue Wall Tour,” visits to states President Donald Trump flipped from blue to red in 2016.

The Minnesota senator announced she will tour Nicholson Terminal and Dock Company, a 91-year-old shipping business situated along the Detroit River. Klobuchar is scheduled to visit Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this week to discuss key economic issues in the 2020 election, including investing in infrastructure, strengthening rural and agricultural communities, and building the economy.

She’ll host a meet-and-greet in Oakland at Stack’d, a restaurant on Forbes Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m., according to a statement from her campaign.

Amy Klobuchar to visit Michigan on Midwest blue wall tour

The event will focus on economic issues, including investment in infrastructure and support for rural and agricultural communities, the statement said.

Klobuchar remains toward the back of the crowded Democratic primary field, polling at a national average of 1.2%, according to Real Clear Politics. She remains a long shot, but Klobuchars campaign is optimistic about her performance in last weeks Democratic National Committee debate in Houston.

She’ll then continue on to events in Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a statement from her campaign.

Klobuchars campaign is focused on providing a more pragmatic vision for the country compared to some of her more progressive Democratic rivals. Shes kept a focus on appealing to voters in Midwest battleground states, calling herself daughter of the heartland” on the campaign trail.

National polls show Klobuchar struggling to make an impression on voters, with about 1% of surveyed voters indicating they would choose her as the Democratic nominee.

She first visited the National Organization of Black County Officials in May, criticizing Trumps response to public displays of white nationalism. Later that month, she visited an Ann Arbor church, then spoke at the Michigan Democratic Partys Women Caucus luncheon in Detroit.

She has presented herself as a moderate Democrat, pushing for health care reform that includes universal health care and expanding Medicare and Medicaid.

Such a massive investment would have myriad positive impacts, according to an outline of the plan Klobuchar published in March. Klobuchar said the plan wont just fund road projects — it will help cities like Flint address their aging public water systems.

Klobuchar has also prioritized education and job training initiatives intended to prepare workers for engineering or technology-related fields, as well as legislation related to supporting farmers, addressing the opioid crisis and improving infrastructure.

The blue wall tour hits states formerly considered to be reliably Democratic. Trumps victory in Michigan, the first time a Republican presidential candidate took the state since 1988, is credited as a major factor in his ascension to the White House.

An August survey of Pennsylvania voters from Franklin & Marshall College shows Klobuchar polling at 0%.

Michigan county officials applauded her plan invest $1 trillion in infrastructure projects across the country during her May campaign stop in Detroit. Its her top budget priority for the first year, if elected.

Pennsylvania voters favored former Vice President Joe Biden, who kicked off his campaign in Pittsburgh in April.

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were also among the top picks for Pennsylvania voters, according to the Franklin & Marshall poll.

Earlier this year, the Michigan Democratic Party hired a full-time digital organizer and a full-time African American outreach director to engage communities of color. Barnes, the first woman and the first woman of color to lead the state party, said Democrats 2020 strategy relies on boosting turnout among its base while also chipping at Trumps support in rural parts of the state.

Sanders first brought his campaign to Pittsburgh in April, followed by a stop in August to pick up an endorsement from the Pittsburgh-based United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America union.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, campaigned in Pittsburgh in July before dropping out of the race last month.

The new committee will develop outreach programs to recruit and train diverse volunteers, the state party announced. Michigan Democrats are looking to recruit more African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Arab Americans, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, young people and women.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota, will swing through Milwaukee as part of a tour of traditionally Democratic states that tipped Donald Trumps way in 2016, according to Politico. 

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MADISON – In the latest sign Wisconsin is a top target for next years presidential race, Democratic contender Amy Klobuchar plans to visit Milwaukee on Thursday. 

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Klobuchar is visiting Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to Milwaukee, on Thursday she will stop in Detroit, according to Politico.

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Klobuchar first visited Wisconsin as a presidential candidate in February, when she billed herself as the “senator next door.”

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Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — wrongly dubbed Hillary Clintons “blue wall” — went to Trump in 2016. 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Presidential candidate and senator, Amy Klobuchar, visited the College of Charleston on Monday morning for the bully pulpit series.

Other candidates like Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have also visited the school this year for the series, which aims to get young voters engaged in politics.

Youve got to look at peoples backgrounds,” Klobuchar said when talking about rural parts of South Carolina. Its a lot of working in rural America. I visit all 87 counties in my state every year, and I do that because I think you cant just be senator or, Ill say it, president for part of America… you have to be president for all of America and that starts by understanding the rural economy.

In addition to discussions on raising the minimum wage on the federal level and recognizing climate change, Klobuchar spoke on the topic of student debt.

She specifically mentioned Pell grants, which are available to students in need across the country. Klobuchar said right now the grants offer $6,000 a year to students with families making less than $50,000 a year.

I would double both those things,” she said. I would give you $12,000 a year and have it based on families that make $100,000 or less,. That would make a big change, help a lot of families to afford college.

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