Amy Klobuchar appeared on a Fox Townhall Wednesday in Wisconsin, and her emphasis on mental illness and addiction were welcoming. Her dad (a famous Minneapolis Tribune Columnist for years) had two DWIs before she was in middle school and suffered from alcoholism for years. Her father’s plights have made her aware of the issue. Regarding mental health, she said, ‘We don’t have enough beds to treat people with mental illness.”
However, Klobuchar when asked by an audience member on her position of decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level, she mostly dodged the issue. Instead, she talked about the necessity of implementing drug courts across the country. Klobuchar was the Hennepin County Attorney in the state of Minnesota where one of the first drug courts was initialized by then Chief Judge, Kevin Burke. The program has been very successful. However, she refused to answer the legalization of marijuana question directly. A measure to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota is likely to be introduced this year.
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The Democratic Senator stumbled when asked about how she treated Justice Kavanaugh during his nomination process when she implied that Kavanaugh could have been engaged in “blackout” drinking and therefore not able to recall whether he assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. Her comments that she was just trying to “mesh his story with her story,” conflicted with her insistence on affording due process for former Senator Al Franken during his problems. She also denied that the #Metoo movement had gone too far.
Klobuchar is trailing Joe Biden by a 30/1 margin in national polls. It will be a long campaign for her.
She helped herself Wednesday and we applaud her attention to the serious addiction and mental health issues that pervade the country, especially from a “helping” perspective as opposed to lame calls for stricter law enforcement practices and penalties—policies that have miserably failed for decades at the expense of loss of human life and misplaced resources.