Klobuchar backs Biden after seeing no path to victory
As strange as it might sound, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she actually felt "joyous" after making the decision to end her 2020 presidential bid.
It was partly because she’s so confident in the leadership of former Vice President Joe Biden, whom she endorsed Monday night.
"At some point, you have to decide, ‘Is this about me or is this about our party and our country?’" Klobuchar said. "And I went for our country and I think Joe Biden can do this. I think continuing on without supporting someone who was going to be able to get more delegates and win this would be a selfish thing to do."
Still, she said the final decision to end her campaign was tough.
"It’s hard to end your campaign, but it’s not hard when you know you’re supporting someone who can lead the country."
Klobuchar’s decision to drop out of the race the day before Super Tuesday was a surprise, as was Pete Buttigieg’s decision to do the same on Sunday. It also raises questions about whether changes need to be made in Minnesota’s primary election law. Anyone who voted for Klobuchar or Buttigieg couldn’t change their vote because the deadline to do so was a week before the election.
"We don’t want to disenfranchise people," Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said. "We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to have their vote count. And so I think this is something we’re going to have to look down the road is to make sure if you vote early you have the ability to change your vote all the way up to Election Day."
A key aspect of Minnesota’s Super Tuesday results will be what kind of impact Klobuchar’s endorsement will have on Biden against Sen. Bernie Sanders.