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Klobuchar appeals as moderate, says UW-L political scientist



A sudden surge of attention to Amy Klobuchar in New Hampshire could have an effect on the Democratic presidential race. 

The Minnesota senator was praised for her performance at a debate last week. 

Before that, Klobuchar mainly seemed to get attention because of accusations from co-workers that she’s a mean boss. 

Political scientist Joe Heim from UW-L says toughness may be good for Klobuchar, or for any woman running for office in the U.S.    

Heim says Klobuchar’s public image has mainly been ‘Minnesota Nice,’ showing a reluctance to criticize her primary opponents.      

The New Hampshire primary is famous for forcing lesser candidates out of the race, but Heim says New Hampshire may not provide enough of a push for marginal hopefuls. 

Heim would like to see some Democrats, such as Deval Patrick and Tulsi Gabbard, get out of the campaign.    


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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