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Klobuchar in N.H.: To Beat Trump, Dems Need Positive Message and Some Humor

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Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar pitched herself as an experienced moderate during  a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire over the weekend.

At an event at the home of former Democratic state senator Peter Burling in Cornish, Klobuchar told the crowd that candidates for president shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep.

"Especially after they've lived through a president whose lies literally litter the carpeting of the Oval Office."

When asked about how she would defeat Donald Trump in a general election, Klobuchar talked about her success winning many of the same districts in Minnesota that Trump flipped in 2016.

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"I have won in those Donald Trump rural and suburban districts. I have won every place, every race, every time. I have won Michele Bachmann’s district. I have won districts that Donald Trump won by over 20 points."

She added that another important ingredient in squaring off with Trump is humor.

"I think sort of making fun of him, the absurdity of him. And I know that every day we think to ourselves this isn’t a laughing matter. We know that right? But you also know one of the cardinal rules of politics is you take your work seriously but you can’t always take yourself seriously."

Klobuchar will be among the Democrats participating in the next televised debate on July 30th and 31st.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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