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Amy Klobuchar vows to bridge rural-urban divide during first presidential campaign stop

(February 18, 2019) - More than 300 people packed into a coffee bar and bicycle repair shop in Eau Claire to hear from the self-proclaimed “senator next door.” The importance of Wisconsin was not lost on Klobuchar, who told the crowd she will campaign in places that Democrats “didn’t focus on enough in the last few years.”

Clinton chose to not visit Wisconsin during the fall 2016 general election and ended up losing it by less than one point.

“That was one of the points I wanted to make by coming to Eau Claire. Eau Claire is a place of a great university and education … It is also (right) in the middle of a rural area,” Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar drew cheers as she touted her Wisconsin roots throughout the speech; she recalled how her grandparents migrated from Switzerland and became cheese makers in Racine, Wis.

A key theme of her speech centered on bridging the divide between rural and urban communities. She vowed that every household in America would have rural broadband by 2022 if she is elected.

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