Klobuchar set to campaign in Michigan as part of 'blue wall' tour

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News

Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar is returning to Michigan this week as part of a "blue-wall" tour that includes Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Minnesota U.S. senator aims to emphasize the importance of winning back the three states, which had stood as "blue wall" of states that Democrats had consistently won until President Donald Trump's narrow victories there in 2016.

Klobuchar has stressed that she can win the presidency because of her record of winning in parts of Minnesota that Republicans traditionally take. 

Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota speakers with the media in the Spin Room following the July 30 debate at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

On her tour this week, her campaign says Klobuchar will be discussing economic issues such as investing in infrastructure and strengthening rural and agricultural communities. 

She plans to tour Nicholson Terminal & Dock in River Rouge at 9 a.m. Thursday. 

At last week's Democratic debate in Houston, Klobuchar stressed her pragmatic approach in contrast to her more left-leaning colleagues in the Senate — Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

"You're going to hear a lot of ideas up here. Some will be great. But if you see that some of them seem a little off track, I've got a better way," Klobuchar said.

"If you feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics, and you are tired of the noise and the nonsense, you've got a home with me, because I don't want to be the president for half of America. I want to be the president for all of America."

Klobuchar notably attacked Sanders' Medicare for All proposal, pointing to Page 8 of the bill saying it would eliminate private insurance "as we know it."

"And that means that 149 million Americans will no longer be able to have their current insurance," she said. "I don't think that's a bold idea, I think it's a bad idea."

Klobuchar was last in Detroit for the second Democratic primary debate at the end of July. She's also stopped in Detroit for the NAACP national convention in July and spoke at the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual Legacy Dinner in Detroit in May.