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We believe Klobuchar deserves second term

November 2, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

The campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently was quoted as saying the following: "The senator works incredibly hard for the people of Minnesota and she does everything she can to put the people of our state first. She works to find common ground with people of both parties."

We believe that is on target.

Klobuchar is also personable, intelligent and knowledgeable on the issues. She is incredibly easy to like. She also may become one of the key players in the U.S. Senate.

Regardless of who is elected president, the United States faces a fiscal calamity if it does not do something about its annual budget deficits and the mounting federal debt. There are several solutions on the table, including a plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to help close the budget gap. Klobuchar supports that plan. But we know she knows that raising taxes on the wealthy does not solve the deficit problem. There simply isn't enough money involved. A Republican president and Republicans in Congress would suggest tax reform, lowering rates, broadening the base and spurring growth for more revenue. In the Senate, getting such a plan approved will require the support of centrist Democrats. It is our hope and belief that this is where Klobuchar could help. Given the magnitude of the problem, we simply cannot believe Klobuchar would turn her back on a bipartisan solution. In fact, we believe she could help shape one.

Critics say Klobuchar has worked mainly in the background in the Senate, failing to make a mark. But she has done good work on consumer issues Minnesotans care about. If she hasn't been as visible as some of her colleagues, we believe she deserves a second term in which to blossom.



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