Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday pushed back against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s argument that Republicans and the right-wing media are “crushing their party with the narrative.”
“You know what? He’s in California right now, and I’m here and I’ve been all over Ohio with Tim Ryan, John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin and Cheri Beasley in North Carolina. I think we’re either ahead or within striking distance in these races,” Klobuchar told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” referring to Democratic Senate candidates in key contests.
“We will win these races. So he can talk about anything he wants there. I’m in the middle,” added the Minnesota Democrat.
Newsom told CBS in a recent interview that he agreed there would likely be a red wave in this year’s midterm elections.
“It goes to my basic gripe with my damn party. We are crushing it with the narrative. We’re going to have to stop going on the offensive and being on the damn defense,” said the California governor.
Newsom also said at the Texas Tribune Festival in September that the GOP was “winning right now” because that party controls the national conversation — arguing that Democrats’ failure to offer a “credible alternative narrative” has put “the whole agenda of the right” on the line. the last half century at risk.
On Sunday, Klobuchar was asked about his party’s strategy to promote a number of Republican candidates in this year’s primary season, hoping to make them easier to defeat in the general election. Bash brought up the example of Democrats spending money in the New Hampshire primary to benefit Republican Don Bolduc, who is now locked in a tight race against Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan.
“I’m not going to concede this race for a second because Maggie has been ahead of me every step of the way,” Klobuchar said. “First of all, I will not go back on the past strategy right now two days before the election. … I’m not a fan of spending money on other candidates and messing around. I will admit that, and I said that.’
Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, has consistently pushed for election fraud, though he has given mixed responses related to false 2020 election claims since winning the Republican nomination.
Klobuchar, who is running for president in 2020, said he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 election after CNN reported last week that former President Donald Trump could launch his next presidential bid as soon as this month.
“President Biden has made it clear that he’s running, and I support him,” he said. “And what I will say about this is that Donald Trump cannot be president again. The American people know it.”