Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, a third-term U.S. senator from Minnesota, attracted a no doubt welcome but apparently unanticipated endorsement Sunday when the New York Times revealed its unorthodox decision to endorse not one but two entrants among the party’s still-expansive primary field, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Klobuchar. Prior to the public revelation, Klobuchar — coyly or not — played down the significance of prospectively winning such an accolade, saying she’d told staff eagerly anticipating word from the Times editorial board:
‘You know what? The New York Times only covers the one city — the Quad-City Times covers four!’
The so-called Quad Cities along the Mississippi comprise Davenport, Iowa, and the Illinois municipalities Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (with a fifth city — Bettendorf, Iowa — having been added to the mix by local officials at midcentury).
Klobuchar did, in fact, win the endorsement of the Quad-City Times, whose Sunday editorial was headlined with a sort of prebuttal of the New York Times’ split decision: ‘Klobuchar is the one.’
Four years ago, the paper endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who ran in the Democratic primaries in 2016 and is doing so again, for the presidential nomination.