Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is confident Hillary Clinton’s campaign will avoid a repeat of 2008, when she lost the Democratic presidential nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, even as the party’s frontrunner starts to slip in the Iowa polls and faces growing controversy over her private email server.

“Her campaign is so much different than 2008,” Klobuchar told Martha Raddatz Sunday on “This Week.” “It has energy, it’s organized, it is a grassroots campaign.”

Although Klobuchar, a Democrat, has endorsed Clinton this election cycle, she supported Obama in 2008.
A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll shows Clinton polling at 37 percent in Iowa, losing ground to Bernie Sanders, who is at 30 percent. But Klobuchar, who noted that the caucuses are still several months away, did not seem concerned.

“This is not a coronation. She [Clinton] expected there would be other candidates in the race,” Klobuchar said. “You can’t just waltz in and win a Democratic primary.”

Klobuchar also said she appreciated Clinton’s tone acknowledging the problems her campaign is facing over her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

“In this case she had to take responsibility for what she did, and she did,” Klobuchar said. “She said she should have had two email accounts and should have done this differently.”

As for whether Joe Biden will throw his hat into the 2016 ring, which could potentially pose a serious challenge to Clinton’s candidacy, Klobuchar only said the vice president had to make a decision that was right for him and his family.

Klobuchar was elected to the Senate in 2006. Her memoir, “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir From the Heartland,” was published earlier this month.

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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday he does not know whether new poll numbers putting him within 7 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in Iowa mean her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is in trouble, but his campaign is “doing great.”

“You know, it’s not just in Iowa. It’s in New Hampshire. It’s all across this country,” he said on “This Week.” “I think people are responding to our message.”

Sanders admitted that Clinton was “way ahead” of him in terms of her support among Democratic Party and institutional leaders, but argued that many of them might still support him in the end.

“Democratic leaders are not dumb,” said Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress. “What they want and what I want is to make sure that we do not see a Republican gain control over the White House.

“And I think as these look around the country and see the kind of energy and see the kind of huge turnouts we’re getting, seeing the kind of young people who, for the first time, are getting involved in the political process … I think what these leaders — maybe not today but in a couple months — will say, ‘You know, we want to win.'”

In the Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night, an overwhelming percentage of Sanders’ supporters –- 96 percent — said they support him and his ideas, while just 2 percent said they were supporting him out of opposition to Clinton.

“They want a candidate who is not dependent upon super PACs, a candidate who is prepared to take on and overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision,” Sanders said.

When ABC News’ Martha Raddatz asked Sanders about the fact that his website does not include any information on foreign policy or a national security agenda, Sanders agreed those were important issues and said his campaign planned to spend more time on them in the future.

When asked specifically about his criteria for the use of force, Sanders, who voted against the first Gulf War, the war in Iraq and the use of force in Syria after the chemical weapons attack in that country, said the United States has too often gone to war unilaterally.

“I believe that the United States should have the strongest military in the world. We should be working with other countries in coalition. And when people threaten the United States or threaten our allies, or commit genocide, the United States, with other countries, should be prepared to act militarily,” he said.

“Do we need to go to war in every instance or can we bring pressure of sanctions and international pressure to resolve these conflicts?” he said. “War is a last resort, not the first resort. So you are looking at a guy, yes, there are times when you have to use force. No question about it. But that should be a last resort.”

On the question of the use of drones to strike suspected terrorist targets, Sanders said he believed drone attacks had, at times, been effective.

“There are times and places where drone attacks have been effective. There are times and places where they have been absolutely counter-effective and have caused more problems than they have solved.

When you kill innocent people, what the end result is that people in the region become anti-American who otherwise would not have been,” he said. “So I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case.”

In 2013, Sanders voted against the CIA Director John Brennan’s nomination in the Senate, citing, in part, the killing of innocent people through the country’s drone program.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed optimism for his own presidential campaign in the face of Donald Trump’s surging popularity, calling it a symptom of the early campaign season.

“I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job,” he told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” “I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day.”

Like several of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Jindal said Trump has tapped into “anger” and “frustration” to draw his large crowds.

“What the polls tell me is that nobody really has any real voters right now,” he said.

Several polls indicate Jindal will not be on the prime-time Republican debate stage next month. However, he remains confident he still has ample time to catch fire.

“We are seeing great momentum in Iowa. We are seeing standing only crowds, we are gong to every county,” said Jindal. “What I see is that votes haven’t committed to any candidate yet … this is a wide open race.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — If we have our undisputed frontrunners, why does nobody seem to be happy about it?

Maybe it has something to do with the hair. Donald Trump has his, but we’re not sure his rivals will have theirs by the time they read all of Trump’s Tweets. Hillary Clinton says she colors hers, but the focus of the Democratic race is on some men who most certainly don’t.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, we’re talking about Bible verses, chocolate bars, and Asian people.

At least we’re entitled to ask some questions, we assume.

Here’s a look at some of the stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead:

MAIL BAG

Hillary Clinton might be sorry she ever set up her own private server, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s done talking about her emails. Monday will bring thousands of fresh pages released by the State Department, with reams of emails that may or may not touch on classified issues. To round out the week, two former top Clinton aides will be deposed on Thursday in front of the House Benghazi committee. This is all separate from a rolling series of releases involving her aides’ emails that have pulled back the curtain on the always complicated web of Clinton world connections – plus former President Clinton’s lucrative speaking career. The email disclosures and her handling of them have already caused deep concern about Clinton’s candidacy inside the Democratic Party.

VEEP’S STAKES

What will Joe do? It’s the biggest question in the Democratic race, as we near decision time for the vice president and an anxious party. Joe Biden told Democrats this past week that he’s not sure he has the “emotional fuel” for another run. But Draft Biden officials have the caloric fuel handled, passing out chocolate bars to those same Democrats the following day. Biden will be in Florida Wednesday and Thursday for a speech and a meeting specifically designed to sell the Iran deal. As his team-in-waiting puts pieces in place to support a possible run, Biden still appears weeks away from a decision, though signals (intentional and otherwise) will be emanating from his camp.

OBAMA EFFECT

We’re not in lame duck territory just yet, and President Obama is out to prove it. The Obama agenda is becoming the 2016 agenda, despite and sometimes because of a certain Republican frontrunner. The president’s trip to Alaska on Monday will put energy and climate issues in the spotlight, and put Obama himself in the middle of some stunning pictures. Republican candidates led by Scott Walker are calling on the president to cancel or dial back a scheduled state visit by the Chinese president. Then there’s Iran, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz joining forces – and Dick Cheney lending his voice, too – to push Congress to kill the nuclear deal. It’s hard to think of a troika that might unite Democrats more quickly.

LONELY ON TOP

The GOP frontrunner is reaching new high-water marks in polls while breaking every rule of politics. Donald Trump is campaigning his way – with nighttime rallies, nonstop interviews, and middle-of-the-night Tweets that taunt and flummox his opponents. Labor Day weekend offers the possibility of a quieter Trump campaign. Will any of his opponents be able to fill the void? Traditional stumping is being supplemented with policy addresses – foreign policy is a good late-summer topic – yet no one has yet solved the Trump equation with satisfactory results.

DEBATE DEBATES

Who’s in, who’s out, and how many will there be? The deadline for polls that count toward earning a spot at the second Republican debate is Sept. 10. Already some GOP candidates – led by Carly Fiorina – are complaining that they aren’t being ample space to prove they’ve broken through since the first debate. On the Democratic side, complaints are growing about the fact that there will be only six debates. Martin O’Malley is flat-out accusing the Democratic National Committee of colluding with the Clinton campaign to limit the number. The encounters are make-or-break moments for candidates, so the lobbying and pressure is intense.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) — Will he, or won’t he?

Home in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced stop by the Sussex Democratic Jamboree in Lewes, spending time with his most loyal supporters as he contemplates a presidential bid.

The vice president “wanted to thank the community for all their support the last few months,” a Biden aide said of the visit to the event, an annual fundraiser for the local Democratic Party.

“It was a very unexpected surprise,” said Chad Lingerfelder, the vice chair of the Sussex County Democrats who has known the vice president for 20 years through Biden’s friendship with his grandfather. “He’s not a politician, he’s a friend.”

Biden spent 10 minutes standing on a table with a microphone in hand, thanking the loyal crowd for backing him “emotionally and politically through the highs and lows,” Lingerfelder said, adding that the vice president did not discuss a 2016 bid in his remarks and or take questions from reporters.

While Delaware Democrats hope to see Biden mount a bid for president above all else, they want him to make the right decision for himself, Lingerfelder said.

“We understand that whatever decision he makes has to be for his family first and our country second,” he said.

Biden’s visit to the Jamboree was first reported by NBC News.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Bernie Sanders is closing in.

That’s the latest from a new poll released in Iowa on Saturday night, showing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton leading Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by only 7 percentage points, 37 percent to 30 percent.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg News poll also shows Vice President Joe Biden, who is still considering entering the race, at 14 percent.

The poll comes less than three weeks after a Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce poll in New Hampshire on August 11 showed Sanders leading Clinton, 44-37, in that state.

Still, Clinton maintains a broad national lead. She led Sanders by 23 points in a Quinnipiac poll early this week.

The seven-point margin is Clinton’s smallest lead in Iowa this election cycle, and her 37 percent support is her lowest showing in the state since the campaign began.

“What this new poll shows is that the more Iowans get to know Bernie the better they like him and what he stands for,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said. “We’ve seen the same thing in New Hampshire and across the country.”

The numbers show more of a decline in support for Clinton than an increase in support for Sanders. Other polls this summer have shown Sanders hovering around 30 percent in Iowa. But in the past, Clinton has garnered support from roughly half of Iowans.

That leaves a rather high 14 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa unready to choose a candidate at this point.

The poll also finds that among voters under 45 years old, Clinton is losing to Sanders by a broad 23 points.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(LACONIA, N.H.) — On immigration, Chris Christie is taking a page from FedEx’s book.

At a New Hampshire town hall in the Laconia VFW on Saturday, the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential hopeful told supporters he thinks the government should track immigrants similar to how FedEx tracks packages.

“We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up,” said Gov. Christie. “Whether it’s three months or six months or nine months or how long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go.”

The Republican presidential candidate’s solution?

“So here’s what I’m going to do as president. I’m going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come work for the government for three months.”

Fred Smith’s daughter, Samantha Smith, is also the governor’s 2016 presidential campaign spokeswoman.

She responded to the remarks saying, “What he is talking about is better leveraging technology not only in this regard issuing visas to track, but also using drones on the border.”

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ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Saturday that a decision is imminent about whether he will run as a third party candidate.

“We’re going to make a decision very soon and I think a lot of people are going to be very happy,” Trump told reporters in Nashville Tennessee, after addressing the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.

Trump was the only Republican at the Fox News GOP debate that took place earlier this month who would not rule out a third party bid were he to fail to win the GOP nomination.

If he does commit to support the party’s nominee, however, a new rule adopted by the South Carolina Republican Party would bar him from competing in the state’s primary, and other state GOP organizations have said they are considering a similar rule. He must file paperwork for the South Carolina primary by September 30th.

Trump also repeated comments about former Rep. Anthony Weiner, calling him “psychologically disturbed.” Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, resigned from Congress embroiled in “sexting” scandal. Trump called him a “sleazebag” at a Massachusetts event Friday night.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal spoke on Saturday at a memorial service for those lost when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, talking about the city’s rebuilding efforts.

“Our hearts are heavy,” Jindal said on the tenth anniversary of Katrina making landfall. “We know there are still families wondering what exactly happened to their loved ones. We know that even as New Orleans has rebuilt and is rebuilding, there are those that are grieving the deaths of their fathers, their mothers, their brothers, their sisters.”

Speaking at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, where nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm are buried, Jindal said those lost “will never leave our memories. They inspire us today and every day.”

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama discusses climate change and renewable energy sources ahead of his trip to Alaska on Monday.

The president talked about the effects of climate change, specifically in Alaska, where many residents there are already suffering from the results including wildfires and storm surges.

“Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas,” said the president. “And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.”

President Obama also talked about the country’s reliance on oil.

“Now even as we accelerate this transition, our economy still has to rely on oil and gas,” said the president. “As long as that’s the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports, and we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry – our own.”

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Hi, everybody. This Monday, I’m heading to Alaska for a three-day tour of the state.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Not only because Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in a country that’s full of beautiful places – but because I’ll have several opportunities to meet with everyday Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives. I’ll travel throughout the state, meeting with Alaskans who live above the Arctic Circle, with Alaska natives, and with folks who earn their livelihoods through fishing and tourism. And I expect to learn a lot.

One thing I’ve learned so far is that a lot of these conversations begin with climate change. And that’s because Alaskans are already living with its effects. More frequent and extensive wildfires. Bigger storm surges as sea ice melts faster. Some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world – in some places, more than three feet a year.

Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas. And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.

This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now. In fact, Alaska’s governor recently told me that four villages are in “imminent danger” and have to be relocated. Already, rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.

Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now.

That’s why one of the things I’ll do while I’m in Alaska is to convene other nations to meet this threat. Several Arctic nations have already committed to action. Since the United States and China worked together to set ambitious climate targets last year, leading by example, many of the world’s biggest emitters have come forward with new climate plans of their own. And that’s a good sign as we approach this December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.

Now, one of the ways America is leading is by transitioning away from dirty energy sources that threaten our health and our environment, and by going all-in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar. And Alaska has the natural resources to be a global leader in this effort.

Now even as we accelerate this transition, our economy still has to rely on oil and gas. As long as that’s the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports, and we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry – our own. Still, I know there are Americans who are concerned about oil companies drilling in environmentally sensitive waters. Some are also concerned with my administration’s decision to approve Shell’s application to drill a well off the Alaskan coast, using leases they purchased before I took office. I share people’s concerns about offshore drilling. I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well.

That’s precisely why my administration has worked to make sure that our oil exploration conducted under these leases is done at the highest standards possible, with requirements specifically tailored to the risks of drilling off Alaska. We don’t rubber-stamp permits. We made it clear that Shell has to meet our high standards in how they conduct their operations – and it’s a testament to how rigorous we’ve applied those standards that Shell has delayed and limited its exploration off Alaska while trying to meet them. The bottom line is, safety has been and will continue to be my administration’s top priority when it comes to oil and gas exploration off America’s precious coasts – even as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.

So I’m looking forward to talking with Alaskans about how we can work together to make America the global leader on climate change around the globe. And we’re going to offer unique and engaging ways for you to join me on this trip all week at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska. Because what’s happening in Alaska is happening to us. It’s our wakeup call. And as long as I’m President, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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