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Klobuchar Seeks Rural Engagement in Gun Debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is seeking engagement from rural voters in the gun debate. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is seeking engagement from rural voters in the gun debate. |  Photo: U.S. Senate

The Associated Press
Created: August 07, 2019 04:44 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is calling for rural voters to engage in the gun control debate as she campaigns in Iowa.

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She says, "I think we need rural voices in this gun debate as we head into the next few months."

Klobuchar is running to be the Democratic presidential nominee and spoke during a campaign stop at a farm in Ankeny, Iowa.

She urged her colleagues in the Senate and President Donald Trump to step up and tackle the issue of gun violence, noting that a number of gun-control bills have bipartisan support and saying "we have extraordinary power in Washington, D.C., but there has not been extraordinary courage."

Klobuchar declined to criticize the president for visiting Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, despite community pushback. But she did say that Trump should use his sway over the Republican Party to get something done on gun control, noting his expressed support for improving background checks.

She told reporters, "There's absolutely no way he couldn't get this done if he wanted to."

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