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Amy Klobuchar: "I Am Troubled By Having A Socialist Lead Our Ticket"


In an interview with CBS's Ed O'Keefe, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar explained why she is "troubled" by the idea of Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic ticket in November.

ED O'KEEFE, CBS NEWS: In Friday night's debate, you were the only one who raised their hand when you were asked if you had concerns about the potential of a self-described Democratic Socialist atop the Democratic Party in November's election. Elaborate again on why you're concerned about Bernie Sanders.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: Why I raised my hand? The question should be why didn't everyone else raise their hand? But they didn't, because people are looking at each other, and it may not be popular, and you're going to anger some people, but I believe in leading and doing what you think is right, and that's why I raised my hand, because I am troubled by having a socialist lead our ticket.

I like Bernie, we are friends. He would tell you that as well. We have worked together on prescription drug prices and the like. But I think a candidate like me, who is able to actually bring in ideas and get them done, and as I've said so many times, people are tired of the extremes in our politics and the noise and the nonsense, that they have a home with me. That to me is the ticket of winning big.

O'KEEFE: Can those freshmen members of Congress in Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania get elected again if Bernie Sanders is the nominee?

KLOBUCHAR: I think it will be a lot tougher. I'm not going to be a pundit and make predictions, but when you look at the models of, say, how we won the governor's race in Kentucky, where Mitch McConnell now has a Democratic governor, how we flipped the Senate and the House in the state of Virginia... Those candidates, they weren't celebrities, they were simply good people who fit their state or district and pledge to do the work for the people...

I don't want to spoil that.

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