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Sen. Klobuchar Expects Compromise Over Financial Cliff

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCCO) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she expects a compromise to be reached in the U.S. Senate regarding the buzzed-about “financial cliff.”

“I don’t think you see anyone saying that it has to be any one plan,” Klobuchar said. “People are open to different plans, and to me that’s the most important thing.”

Klobuchar appeared on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, and told hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell that “the election demanded such a deal.”

“You look at the number of candidates who lost who were adhering to rigid ideologies,” she said. “While the balance of power didn’t change in Washington, there was a message from the people of this country that they wanted to see a different tone, that they wanted to see people who were willing to stand next to someone they didn’t always agree with, for the betterment of this country.”

Klobuchar suggested that an ace in the hole for getting the job done was that there are currently more female senators than ever before in the U.S. Senate, joking there were “enough to cause a traffic jam in the women’s Senate bathroom.”

The election results in 2012 pushed the number of female U.S. Senators to 20.

Klobuchar said she believes women are problem solvers, and pointed out a number of bills that have passed in the Senate recently were spearheaded by women, many earning bipartisan support of up to 75 senators.

When asked by O’Donnell whether she believed more would get done if there were more female senators, Klobuchar replied that she did.

“Someone who studied women candidates once said that women candidates — and I don’t quite believe this — ‘speak softly and carry a big statistic,'” Klobuchar said. “I don’t believe they speak softly, as we’ve seen, but they do carry a big statistic.”

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