What did Amy Klobuchar reveal at her CNN town hall?

The Minnesota senator took questions from citizens in New Hampshire.
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Amy Klobuchar had the opportunity to lay out her presidential blueprint to the nation as she took questions during a CNN town hall on Monday evening.

The Minnesota senator has been touring Wisconsin, Iowa, and now New Hampshire since announcing her run earlier this month, as she seeks to gather support for her presidential bid.

As is typical of her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar struck a more moderate tone than many of her Democratic nomination rivals, seeking to provide a genuine alternative for Democratic voters to some of her more progressive colleagues.

Here's a look at what she said on Monday.

She's looking for a climate change deal that can pass

While the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been backed by the likes of her rivals Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, who are all co-sponsoring it, it has been roundly derided by Republicans.

You can read more about what the deal proposes here, but basically it sets a path to America becoming a zero-emissions nation that includes significant investments in the likes of high-speed rail, zero-emission cars, renewable energy, and sustainable food consumption.

While Klobuchar said she would vote for it if it came to it, she prefers to see it more as a talking point for further conversations, and is realistic that any deal on climate change would involve "compromises."

'It's not going to be exactly like that, and we know we're going to have to look out for different areas of the country and how we proceed and be smart about it for the middle class and for people that are more vulnerable. We want to make this work for everyone. But we have to start the debate."

Klobuchar has said one of the first things she would do as president would bring back the Clean Power Act scrapped under President Trump and have America rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as provide funding to create hundreds of thousands of green energy jobs.

She says climate change isn't a nebulous concept for the future, it's something that's happening right now, and is an "urgent cause."

She opposes free college

While the idea of offering undergraduate college degrees tuition-free is backed by the likes of Bernie Sanders (who announced he's running on Tuesday) and Kamala Harris, Klobuchar doesn't think it's a financially viable venture.

"I am not for free four-year college for all, no," she said. "And I wish ... if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would."

She said the country has "mounting debt" that keeps getting worse under the Trump administration, which needs to be addressed. 

She instead said she'd aim to help student loan debts by expanding Pell grants (which do not need to be repaid) and making it easier and cheaper for students to refinance their loans.

Where she stands on gun control

Klobuchar backs a ban on assault weapons and enhanced background checks on gun purchases.

Saying she values hunting and fishing due to her ties to rural Minnesota, she judges gun control proposals back on whether they would "hurt my Uncle Dick in the deer stand."

She doesn't believe that "common sense" gun laws like an assault weapon ban or universal background checks would hurt her Uncle Dick.

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She would use executive power "carefully"

Klobuchar opposes President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border in order to divert funds for a border wall.

"Last time I checked, emergencies are things like the wildfires in Colorado. They're things like Hurricane Sandy. They're things like what we just saw happen in Florida. So this is unprecedented for him to declare something like that an emergency," she said.

"I think you have to be very careful about how you do that [declare an emergency]. But you have emergencies that come up in this country all the time. You know that. And you have to be able to respond, to respond quickly, but to respond thoughtfully. And I believe in respecting the constitution of the United States of America."

Tentative backing for Medicare for All – in the future

Again standing apart from her rivals, Klobuchar is a little more tentative about the possibility of offering "Medicare-for-All" to American citizens.

She is in favor of boosting the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicare and Medicaid and creating a public health insurance option to compete with private insurers.

But as for offering Medicare-for-All, she says that's a concept to aim for in the future, but for now is focused on more attainable goals.

Tackling the opioid crisis

The Minnesota senator says she wants to see opioid recovery programs funded by pharmaceutical companies that she says are contributing to the problem.

"There's not enough money going into addiction, I see it as a money-saver in the long-haul," she said.

"Why don't we pay for it with the money from the very drug companies that got people addicted in the first place?" she added to applause.

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