‘She wants to achieve a solution, and I would hope that’s not a disqualifying thing…’
Klobuchar’s moderate, centrist views appeal to many Republicans who believe the way forward is bipartisanship.
“She wants to achieve a solution, and I would hope that’s not a disqualifying thing for someone who would like to be president,” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., told Politico. “I like her a lot and hope that’s not harmful to her.”
Klobuchar’s willingness to work with various GOP members on different pieces of legislation has struck a chord, though she rarely goes against Democratic leadership. Klobuchar reliably votes with Democrats on controversial issues like abortion and immigration, and even embraced democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez’s “Gree New Deal.”
“Oftentimes I’ll stand my ground,” Klobuchar said. “But if I can find common ground to get something done, I do.”
Last year, Klobuchar worked with a group of Republicans on a centrist Senate effort to aid hundreds of thousands of young, illegal immigrants. The legislation came up short, but Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said Klobuchar was one of the “more reasonable voices” in the room.
“She’s a person of character and great ability,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who also worked with Klobuchar on the immigration deal, said. “She’s the whole package. That’s probably too nice.”
Klobuchar made a favorable impression on the national stage during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s heated confirmation hearing. When Kavanaugh sarcastically asked if Klobuchar had a drinking problem (he later apologized to Klobuchar during the hearing), the Democratic senator politely moved on.
“Her questioning on the Judiciary Committee is excellent,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said. “Her questions can be thoughtful and respectful. Still probing, they’re not easy, but it’s a good model.”
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the Agriculture Committee chairman, agreed: “Of the folks that are funning, she’s probably more responsible.”
Strangely enough, despite the glowing praise from GOP colleagues, members of her own party have been less forthcoming. Politico‘s article followed controversy last week from members of her staff saying that she was verbally abusive and short-tempered.
The story first appeared on BuzzFeed News, which has garnered a less-than-stellar reputation for thoroughness and accuracy in its left-skewed reportage.
However, other talking heads, including radical leftist Joy Behar on “The View,” pointed out the unfair double-standard in targeting Klobuchar, as a woman, for criticism that her male colleagues would never receive.