Klobuchar to Make August Stop in Iowa — Perhaps a ’16 Prelude?

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Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, speaks during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver

It was just last November that Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota got her ticket punched for another six years in the U.S. Senate. Indeed, she waltzed to a second term, winning almost two-thirds of the vote and outpacing her hapless Republican foe by a more than a two-to-one margin.

So it’s not like she needs to spend the August congressional recess tending to home political fires. Her summer break, though, will find her potentially igniting interest on another political front.

Klobuchar, 53, will be the keynote speaker on Aug. 16 at the annual “Wing Ding” gathering of Democrats from several counties in northern Iowa. That’s Iowa as in traditional-site-of-the-opening-presidential-caucuses Iowa.

Local Democratic leaders sponsoring the $25-a-head event in Clear Lake aren’t straying, in  their evening’s program, from conventional wisdom concerning their party’s 2016 nomination race. The “very coveted Beacon award” (as characterized in a posting on the Facebook page for the fundraiser) is going to Hillary Clinton.

But there’s no indication that Clinton — mulling whether to seek the nomination that most Democratic honchos, as of now, believe would be hers for the asking — intends to accept the honor in person  (nor indulge in what that Facebook posting describes as “the great variety” of “chicken wings, potato salad, baked beans and all the fun food”).

So somebody’s got to mingle with the crowd and help consume some of that “fun food,” right? More to the point, somebody’s got to be ready in case Clinton declines to run — especially somebody who could appeal to those activists wanting to see the ticket headed by a woman.

A bit of presidential buzz has surrounded Klobuchar ever since her impressive re-election victory. But if the stars happen to align and she emerges as a ’16 contender, one obvious obstacle looms: Justin Bieber.

You can read how she got on the wrong side of the Canadian pop singer here.


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