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Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to visit Pittsburgh

Jamie Martines
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., responds to a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. Klobuchar is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday as she kicks off her “Blue Wall Tour,” visits to states President Donald Trump flipped from blue to red in 2016.

Klobuchar, of Minnesota, is one of 20 hopefuls vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

She’ll host a meet-and-greet in Oakland at Stack’d, a restaurant on Forbes Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m., according to a statement from her campaign.

The event will focus on economic issues, including investment in infrastructure and support for rural and agricultural communities, the statement said.

Klobuchar will start the tour in Philadelphia on Tuesday before visiting Pittsburgh.

She’ll then continue on to events in Michigan and Wisconsin, according to a statement from her campaign.

National polls show Klobuchar struggling to make an impression on voters, with about 1% of surveyed voters indicating they would choose her as the Democratic nominee.

She has presented herself as a moderate Democrat, pushing for health care reform that includes universal health care and expanding Medicare and Medicaid.

Klobuchar has also prioritized education and job training initiatives intended to prepare workers for engineering or technology-related fields, as well as legislation related to supporting farmers, addressing the opioid crisis and improving infrastructure.

An August survey of Pennsylvania voters from Franklin & Marshall College shows Klobuchar polling at 0%.

Pennsylvania voters favored former Vice President Joe Biden, who kicked off his campaign in Pittsburgh in April.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were also among the top picks for Pennsylvania voters, according to the Franklin & Marshall poll.

Sanders first brought his campaign to Pittsburgh in April, followed by a stop in August to pick up an endorsement from the Pittsburgh-based United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America union.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, campaigned in Pittsburgh in July before dropping out of the race last month.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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