5 key takeaways from Amy Klobuchar's New Hampshire town hall

The Monday event included an awkward viral moment, and some serious climate talk.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Iowa on March 31, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Iowa on March 31, 2019.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar once again took the stage for a CNN town hall event, this time at Saint Aslem College in New Hampshire Monday evening.

She fielded questions from students for about an hour, and was followed by four other Democratic 2020 candidates - Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

Here's a rundown of Klobuchar's biggest moments from the night.

On Trump and impeachment

Klobuchar, unsurprisingly, has a more restrained view than some fellow Democrats when it comes to pursuing impeachment against President Donald Trump.

She called for hearings, including bringing in both Attorney General William Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller. Klobuchar also said she feels "very strongly that President Trump should be held accountable," and according to the New York Times noted there are "very disturbing things that would lead you to believe there’s obstruction of justice.”

But that doesn't necessarily include impeachment. Regardless, she said, as a senator, it's not her choice to make - that's up to the U.S. House.

"I believe I’m the jury here, so I’m not going to predispose things,” she said, according to CNN. “I’m not going to say whether it is or isn’t.”

A new poll, conducted over the weekend, found 34 percent of voters believe lawmakers should start impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 48 percent said Congress should not start impeachment proceedings.

An awkward moment

This one is all over Twitter already.

'For too long we have been debating whether climate change is happening'

One topic Klobuchar seemed keen to address: climate change.

A Harvard student asked how she plans to involve rural communities in the discussion about climate change.

"For too long we have been debating whether climate change is happening," Klobuchar said, before dropping a John Oliver reference.

"I think what's important, as you look at the goals in the Green New Deal, and no one thinks we're going to dot every 'i' and cross every 't' in a short period of time, but we need those goals. We need as a nation to come behind goals. We need the energy of young people and people that really want to move on climate change," she said.

To rural voters, she acknowledged the climate conversation is often focused on coastal regions and faraway ice sheets. But "look at what's in front of you," Klobuchar said, recounting the story of an Iowa woman whose house - located more than 2 miles from the river - was recently underwater.

"That's climate change," she said. "Or you look at the wildfires in Colorado or Arizona ... Climate change isn't happening 100 years from now, it's happening right now.'

She also repeated her pledge to rejoin the Paris Agreement on day one of her presidency, if elected, then would bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards nixed in recent years. She'd also propose "sweeping legislation for green buildings and new ideas."

Another viral moment

This came during Klobuchar's comments on climate change.

She regrets defending pizza in school lunches

A Harvard student asked Klobuchar about 2010 comments in which she suggested the USDA keep frozen pizzas in school lunches, and allowing the sauce to be counted as a vegetable. (Which is true - she wrote a letter to the USDA secretary expressing concern about changing the standards.)

In 2014, Klobuchar told the New York Times she "would not send a letter like this again or take this position again." And she referenced that in her response Monday evening., though acknowledged it was a "fair criticism" from the student.

"It was about trying to keep a company afloat in a really small town that employed a bunch of people," she explained, noting it was happening during the economic downturn. She also said she regretted the letter, and called nutrition "paramount."

Klobuchar's standing

Klobuchar is still polling pretty poorly in the very crowded Democratic field (one that will officially get more crowded with the expected Joe Biden announcement). She's come in at 1-3 percent since late February, and never topped 5 percent.

Biden and Sanders have consistently polled at the top recently, with Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Warren bunched together next.

Klobuchar has another high-profile town hall on the horizon - this one in Milwaukee, and set to air live on Fox News.

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