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7 things you need to know from 2020 candidate Amy Klobuchar's CNN town hall

1 11 20

CNN’s Don Lemon hosted a town hall Monday evening with 2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. While I initially thought she lacked the charisma needed in today’s 24/7 social media environment to even be considered a strong Democratic candidate, I was surprised at how well she did at the town hall. I still wouldn’t assign “charismatic” to her as a descriptive term, but she billed herself as a “pragmatic progressive” and indeed, that’s how she came across. In a refreshing twist, she provided answers that were far more specific than most Democrat politicians, while also evading the “hope and change” optimism that most Democrats tend to adopt. From what I saw on social media, the town hall was a hit with moderate Democrats, her target audience.

Whether or not you agree with her on every issue, Senator Amy Klobuchar comes across as a knowledgeable, thoughtful, impressive candidate in this #KlobucharTownHall. If nothing else, these town halls demonstrate the stark contrast between Trump and the Democrats. https://t.co/RudPVyJZ6H

Here are the main takeaways from Klobuchar’s town hall.

She hit back at Trump, but wasn’t too caustic.

Where Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tended to be caustic and biting when they referred to President Trump, Klobuchar pushed back on his style and his governing choices without sounding like the Wicked Witch of the West. After one question about Trump, Klobuchar said, “I think the first thing is to stop governing by tweet ... You have to have someone that you have faith in, that respects the institution.” This garnered applause and even as a conservative, I have to say I agreed. When asked about Trump securing a border wall via national emergency, she responded short and to the point: “I think it’s........

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