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Stuck between seasoned activists and eager politicos, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is emerging as a likely top contender in the 2020 presidential race, but she says she’s not ready to make any decisions.

In an exclusive interview Thursday, she says she’s spending the time learning about the issues in her home state as well as the rest of the country. Her first trip as a potential candidate was to Nevada on Wednesday.

Here are four important thoughts from the interview:

Getting to know Nevada

Klobuchar hasn’t ruled out running for president in 2020, but first she has to do a lot of traveling to other states. Her first trip was to Nevada.

“I have to get people to know me in a sense. I think this is the time when people are gonna say, ‘Let’s see what you’ve got. We will learn about your values, we will learn about your skills.’ You can tell by this reaction to my video who understands my values,” she said.

It is rare that Klobuchar tells a story out of the box like that.

“Maybe I have to wait and do that one, too,” she said.

About the Super Bowl

It may be election season, but Klobuchar says she was still in a fantasy football league on Sunday. “I was down a touchdown. I was out there. I really wanted to see the Vikings win it.”

Did she root for the New England Patriots?

“No, no. We’re Vikings fans. But I watched that game. I know it’s the big moment. I have to win this so I can tell my friend, that’s who I want to go to church with,” she said.

Did she win?

“No. It didn’t go my way,” she said.

Medicare for all

Klobuchar isn’t bringing the Medicare for all proposal she made during her Senate campaign to her first trip as a potential candidate in Nevada. She says she needs to first get a better grasp of Medicare’s finances.

Her recent speech to the Democratic National Committee by the sun?

“It was the sun out, which I love. I am blessed to have found a way to get in the sun so I can see what I’m talking about and I can see the words that I’m saying. To many of you there I think that the sun beats down and it’s warm, but to others I think it was a bit of a downer,” she said.

The senator will get a better sense of her future once she gets back home to Minnesota in March. After that, “it’s another step. Just getting started on this quest.”

[For the Record, 1:20 p.m. PST Feb. 15: An earlier version of this post said Kollsnauer was in a fantasy football league. It was in a fantasy league and not in a real league.]


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