Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-Minn.) presidential campaign dismissed a reported effort by 2020 rival Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s team to form an alliance in the Iowa caucuses.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that several members of the former vice president’s campaign approached a senior Klobuchar aide at a dinner this week and broached the possibility of an alliance in which supporters from the two campaigns would bolster each other’s numbers in Iowa precincts where one was not viable.
But the senior Klobuchar aide, Pete Giangreco, reportedly dismissed the effort led by Biden’s Iowa state director, Jake Braun. The senator’s campaign told the Times that it had no intention of working with rivals in Iowa or elsewhere.
“Our campaign is on the rise,” said Tim Hogan, Klobuchar’s communications director. “We’ve never made caucus deals with other campaigns and don’t intend to.”
Biden’s campaign declined to comment to the Times when contacted about the story.
The report comes as Biden’s campaign has faced a surging Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) in Iowa. Biden, the former front-runner, now trails Sanders by single digits in several polls ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
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Biden and Klobuchar have battled for the mantle of leader of the party’s centrist lane for months alongside former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D), who also remains a potential force in next week’s Iowa caucuses.
An Iowa poll released this week found Klobuchar in third place, behind Biden, with the support of 13 percent of registered Democrats to Biden’s 21 percent.