Democratic Presidential candidates visit the heartland


    The candidates met at the First Christian Church in Albia. (KTVO)

    Democrat presidential candidates John Delaney and Amy Klobuchar stopped in Albia, Iowa for the Monroe County Democrat Annual Spaghetti Dinner Sunday night.

    The candidates met with locals and had supper with them. Delaney is currently a congressman from Maryland and Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota.

    One of the most talked about topics in the heartland is the New Green Deal proposed by congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez from New York.

    I asked Representative Delaney his thoughts on the legislation.

    "I think it’s great if people support it, there’s a lot of energy around it, but I think if we want to actually get something done on climate, I think it kind of makes it harder because its put forth a bunch of goals that aren’t really realistic for ten years," said Delaney.

    Delaney has a different approach, the carbon tax.

    "What it does it puts a price on carbon and it starts at $15 a ton and it goes up about ten dollars a year and that’s been modeled that it will cut down carbon emissions over 90 percent," Delaney explained.

    U.S. Sen. Klobuchar also discussed environmental protection.

    “I pledge right now on day one of my presidency, I will sign us back into the International Climate Change agreement,” said Klobuchar in her speech.

    Additionally, Klobuchar discussed Obama Care.

    “We spent the last election defending that affordable care act for a reason, right? Mean spirited, they were trying to come in and they were going to repeal it and we stood up for it and somehow we’re on a point in our country where Obama Care is more popular than President Trump,” Klobuchar said in her speech.

    I reached out to Senator Klobuchar on multiple occasions for a short interview, but was told she was running late and had a plane to catch.


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