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  Minnesota senator joins Landrieu on campaign trail in Louisiana
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Oct 28, 2008 03:37pm
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News DateTuesday, October 28, 2008 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTHIBODAUX — Two of the 16 women in the U.S. Senate were at Nicholls State University Monday. One is running for re-election in Louisiana and the other was there to show her support.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a junior senator who took office in 2006, spoke at a campaign stop at the Thibodaux Women’s Luncheon, calling the Louisiana incumbent a “model senator” who can balance family and “get things done.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about pit bulls lately,” Klobuchar said, a reference to Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president. “Mary (Landrieu) is a pit bull, but she’s does it with Louisiana charm.”

It’s not Klobuchar’s first trip to the coast — she and a group of other U.S. senators flew over the area’s eroding wetlands earlier this year while learning about south Louisiana’s extensive energy infrastructure, Landrieu said.

The women are members of the so-called “Gang of 20,” a bipartisan coalition of senators working to develop comprehensive energy reform and policy, including stringent fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles, expanded domestic drilling, safe nuclear power, wind energy and bio-diesel initiatives.

“That’s why keeping Mary in the Senate is so vitally important,” Klobuchar said.

Landrieu — first elected to the Senate in 1996 — boasted her standing as a strong centrist, and both women stressed that Landrieu’s seniority is essential for accomplishing their goals.

“We need to start from strength, not from scratch,” Landrieu said in an interview after the speech.
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