While in Madison for the Cap Times’ Idea Fest, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar discussed the current political climate with 16 La Follette School students on Saturday, September 16. Klobuchar expressed concern about several issues, while at the same time expressing optimism because of the people she meets across the country.
The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota, Klobuchar received her juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School. In February 2016, the La Follette School hosted Klobuchar’s campuswide presentation about Internationalism in the Heartland.
“Senator Klobuchar is a rising star in the Senate and someone to watch for in the Democratic Presidential primaries,” said La Follette School Director and Professor Don Moynihan. “It was a pleasure to host her, and a great opportunity for students to enjoy an off-the-record conversation about the current policy process.”
The 30-minute question-and-answer discussion focused on several U.S. policy issues; however, Klobuchar added a touch of humor with stories about former comedian Al Franken, her Minnesota colleague in the U.S. Senate, and other experiences during her travels.
Omer Arain, a master of international public affairs student, said: “I enjoyed Senator Klobuchar’s candid discussion about working in Washington, such as the collective reaction to President Trump meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It was interesting to hear the reactions of people who have witnessed such an abrupt change in political norms and legislative priorities with the new administration.”