POLITICO: Broadband On The Brain

— Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), one of several Democratic lawmakers mulling a 2020 presidential bid, thinks Democrats could “run on” and even “win on” wonky-but-important talk about issues like rural broadband. Klobuchar told The New Yorker that while the issue might not be on the radar for “most people in urban areas … a lot of parts of our rural countryside can’t even access cell-phone service, much less broadband.” But would that matter as a campaign issue in the age of Trump, who has not commented extensively on issues like broadband? Yes, says the Minnesota lawmaker, who adds that challengers “just have to meet him with facts” rather than going “down every rabbit hole with him.”

— Thinking tech, too: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who represents parts of Silicon Valley, is taking a similar approach to tech jobs in rural America, as Nancy detailed in a Q&A for The Agenda last week. Khanna, who has taken his message on tech to rural communities in recent months, said that defining “American patriotism as future-oriented” is how Democrats can best counter Trump. “We have to have an answer for folks about how their communities are going to have economic mobility and jobs in the future,” he said. (Unlike Klobuchar, Khanna told Nancy he is not considering running in 2020.)

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