The Minnesota State Fair is for food, fun and politics. Lots of lawmakers meet and chat with the people they represent -- including Sen. Amy Klouchar, who sat down with FOX 9 News to discuss some issues.
Q: I know the big concern right now, the hot-button issue, is what's going on in Syria. The United Nations had a special meeting today with the U.S., Russia, China. How well-versed are you on that situation there and how is this thing going to turn out?
A: Well, actually, I went to the region a few months ago with Sen. Lindsey Graham and others. We went to Turkey, we went to Jordan, and there's just thousands of refugees pouring through that border into Jordan. So, there's a lot of concern there, obviously, with the recent chemical weapon attack. I think what's happening right now is that the president said he hasn't made a decision and they are looking at the evidence. As a former prosecutor, I think you have to look at the evidence and then make sure you're working with our allies before a decision is made. One other thing -- I think it's very important for Minnesotans to know that we do not want to see American troops on the ground in Syria.
Q: Especially with the way that intervention went in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the intelligence that didn't turn out to be accurate.
A: I think one of the things is looking at the evidence and then also making sure we don't go it alone if there is some decision, but right now, the key thing is to get that evidence. The UN is doing an investigation, we're getting our own intelligence and the president has just started to share that with members of Congress.
Q: Let's talk about what you're doing here. It's Senior Day. I know you've been talking to people about a very specific thing, that's fraud. So many people are taking advantage of these days, and we do a lot of stories on this. No matter how many warnings there are, folks are still being defrauded out of something.
A: Right, exactly. Minnesota [has] 30,000 cases a year. When I was a prosecutor, I started a fraud unit in the county attorney's office. Now, it's getting even more complex, technical -- robo-calls that are made are made from other countries. So, what I did this week, I want to introduce a bill with Republican Sen. Susan Collins and ask the Attorney General of the United States to up their efforts. We're starting to see more and more seniors. I had a woman today who literally gave $47,000 to a crook because she thought she was getting a Mercedes Benz in Duluth. That's just wrong.
Q: The other thing I know you did earlier this week at the fair -- you were representing the craft brew industry and its potential here in Minnesota, and you actually got to taste the mini-doughnut beer. Why don't you give us your critique on it?
A: Well, that mini-doughnut beer is amazing. It has a little sugar [on the rim], It's kind of like the state fair's own margarita, I would say. A little sugar on the rim -- a good beer. What we're starting to see across the state is just more and more of these breweries, and not just the big guys. We're starting to see Minnesota companies -- small companies -- employing people from our state, producing beer. So, we're very excited, and it was a lot better than what M.A. gave me last time on the air, which was when she tried to get me to eat fried lamb testicles. So, I was very happy with the switch to the beer.
Klobuchar will head back to Washington next week. Once there, she plans to buckle down on the budget and push for the passage of the farm bill.