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Fox News Channel - Transcript

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Location: Minneapolis, MN


Fox News Channel - Transcript

JON SCOTT: Joining us now from Minneapolis, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar; she is an Obama supporter.

Senator Klobuchar, first of all, we don't want to count the chickens. Are you at all nervous that Barack Obama might not pull this off?

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: Well, Jon, everyone is nervous on Election Day. And we really want to get people out to vote. I was listening to a report of the cheerleaders standing in line. That sounds pretty good. But I decided I couldn't do that.

So I was in line for about an hour this morning. And you know, you have people all over this country knowing how historic this election is, how important this election is.

I saw in Florida, something like 4.3 million people had voted early. And I just want to clarify one thing. We have so many people wanting to make sure they vote in Florida. And the polls actually close there at 7:00. They're in two time zones, Central and Eastern. But it's 7:00.

MR. SCOTT: Right.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: There were some reports earlier. But anyway we're very excited about the turnout from the Obama campaign standpoint, all over this country, from ocean to ocean. And Barack Obama has run this as a grassroots campaign, from the snows of Iowa on to today. And I think that's what you're seeing, is the excitement and really people voting all over America. So it's a very good day for that.

MR. SCOTT: You said that you had to wait an hour to vote. Senators don't get shoving rights, to move to the front of the line, I guess.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: (Laughs.) I'm sure I could have tried. But in Minnesota, that is a very bad idea. So I diligently waited in line.

MR. SCOTT: You have an interesting Senate race going on in Minnesota there. When you talk about the nationwide vote, I mean, I'm sure you would agree that even if this presidential race gets called fairly early, which you know is always a possibility, there are an awful lot of local and state and races like this one, in your home state, that are going to be very interesting. And people ought to get their votes counted and get their voices heard.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: Well, they do. And we're really encouraging people to go out and vote. The Senate; there's a number of really hot races all across the country; Kay Hagan, you know, ahead in the latest polls in North Carolina, against Elizabeth Dole. You go out to Oregon. There's a big race there; in New Hampshire. You just go every step across the country.

I spoke with a number of our candidates last night. Colorado; they're feeling very good about this. Minnesota; as you mentioned, Al Franken challenging Norm Coleman. The polls have been up and down. But I'd say the consensus polls would be with Franken a little bit ahead. And from our side, what we're hoping is that the big turnout of people, for Barack Obama, will help to put Al Franken over the edge.

MR. SCOTT: There have been so many promises made this campaign. Are you at all concerned that Barack Obama or John McCain, whoever wins this presidency, is not going to be able to live up to expectations?

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: You know, it is a challenging time. And both of the candidates have talked about that. And everyone has said, we know there's going to be some tough times here.

When you look at the decisions that are going to have to be made, for health care for instance, in terms of making sure we're containing costs but also getting rid of some of those costs, in the middle, that shouldn't be there and expanding to make sure people are covered.

I think there's going to be some tough decisions. I also think there are some really smart things we can do with health care. We've got some great examples in Minnesota, with the Mayo Clinic, of how you can save money, in the last years of people's lives, and actually give then higher quality care.

Energy: There, I think, we see the most promise in bipartisan work that can be done immediately, with promoting homegrown energy from some more domestic drilling to hydro to wind to geothermal to nuclear to solar.

All kinds of possibilities there, but there are going to be, given the budget crunch that we're in and given the tough fiscal situation and what's going on, on Wall Street -- I don't think anyone would disagree that the new president is going to be coming in with one of the most difficult times since the Depression for this country.

But in that, in those types of hard situations come great leaders. And I'm hopeful that if the voters do decide to give this to Barack Obama tonight, to humble him with this great honor, of being the next president of the United States, that he will rise to the occasion. I believe everything he's done, in his life, points to that.

MR. SCOTT: Senator, we have got to say goodbye.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: Well, it was just great to be on.

MR. SCOTT: Thank you.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: Thank you so much.

MR. SCOTT: You bet.

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: Have a great day.

MR. SCOTT: You too.


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