As she collected endorsement for a second term at the DFL state convention Saturday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar also put on a clinic of sorts for politicians who covet her high public-opinion approval numbers. In a personal and at times sentimental speech, Klobuchar emphasized how her family and individual Minnesotans had inspired her lawmaking efforts in Washington.
She told about how Minnesota families' experiences informed her efforts to ease overseas adoptions. The lead-poisoning death of a Minnesota boy inspired her bill restricting the sale of toys made of lead; an Edina girl's swimming pool accident led to her swimming pool drain safety measure. Meeting Minnesota National Guard troops and their families spurred her efforts, along with Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota's Second District, to secure the post-deployment paid leaves that had been promised them.
"I see my job as taking this spirit, these stories, the ideas I get from people around this state, and turning them into action," Klobuchar said. She's guided not by awarness of "what's right and what's left, but what's right and what's wrong" in Minnesotans' eyes.