Senator Amy Klobuchar is touting a jump in her poll numbers to eight percent in a post-debate survey in Iowa. Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says Klobuchar’s presidential campaign now has new life. “Iowa is essential to her strategy. She has to finish well there in order to proceed further in the presidential selection process,” Schier says. “So this is a good day for Amy Klobuchar.”
But Schier adds fellow Democratic moderate Joe Biden is still “very much in her way” and puts a ceiling on how far Klobuchar can move in the polls. “She has to hope at some point that Biden begins to slide so that she can move up,” Schier says. He adds that Biden isn’t an overwhelming favorite, but so far has been holding his own at the top of the field.
Klobuchar is beginning a campaign sweep of so-called “blue wall” states including stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.