Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed the growing speculation she may be in the running for a position in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration in an interview with WCCO Radio Thursday.
Klobuchar, currently serving her third term in the Senate, spoke with Dave Lee about her work in Congress and the possibility of taking a position in the Biden administration. Klobuchar, who is a ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said she is focused on COVID-19 relief for businesses.
“When the President calls you listen, but I think my position in the Senate couldn't be more important right now. We're going to need people that can work across the aisle,” she said.
When pressed about the possibility of taking on a role such as Attorney General or Secretary of Agriculture, Klobuchar continued to stress her work in the Senate.
“I am close to Joe Biden, I am close to Kamala [Harris], and that’s going to be good for our state. Our country needs people in the Senate that can work across the aisle,” she said.
Klobuchar has been an outspoken supporter of Biden since she withdrew from the presidential race herself last spring. She was also on the list of possible running mates for Biden over the summer, though she eventually dropped out of that conversation, stating that she thought a woman of color should be chosen.
According to CNBC, Klobuchar’s name is being floated for a cabinet position, but a representative from the Biden team did not comment on the matter.
If Klobuchar were to vacate her Senate seat, Gov. Tim Walz would be in charge of selecting her replacement. Klobuchar is up for reelection in 2024.
The prospect of Klobuchar having a role in the Biden Administration is prompting movement in the Minnesota Legislature in the event that Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is appointed to fill her Senate seat. You can read more on this here.