Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visited the Triad on Thursday. The Minnesota senator chose the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro for the site of a roundtable discussion on voting rights.
Following a brief tour of the famous former Woolworth's lunch counter commemorating the 1960 sit-ins, Klobuchar led a panel discussion before roughly 100 area residents.
Local and state officials joined her on stage, sharing their concerns over voter suppression efforts in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions, as well as their ongoing battles to reverse them.
Klobuchar says choosing the city of Greensboro and the Civil Rights Museum was no accident.
“To see that lunch counter and think of those students who wouldn't give up, and just kept coming back and back until the lunch counter was integrated and that's how I feel about voting rights right now,” said Klobuchar. “We're just not going to give up. That is everything from the voter I.D. challenges that I know have happened here, to the gerrymandering — I know there's been some change, but there's still gerrymandering going on — to what we're seeing across the country with voting purges.”
Klobuchar says several election law reform bills that she's put forward have been passed by the House and await further action from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was also in the Triad on Thursday. He made a stop at Winston-Salem State University as he campaigns ahead of the Super Tuesday primary.