Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential bid at a snowy, freezing outdoor event on Sunday, vaulting the three-term senator from Minnesota into the crowded field of Democrats angling to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. Campaign aides handed out hot cider and cookies.
Klobuchar's team believes there is an opening in the Democratic primary for someone who is able to relate to voters in Iowa because of her local ties, but is also able to talk to Democrats eager to beat Trump in 2020 as well as win back Trump voters. As many as a dozen other Democrats have announced campaigns or are considering joining the race. A significant number of Democrats want a progressive, not a pragmatist, as the nominee. As a further potential candidate, Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, as well as independent Senator Bernie Sanders be traded. Here's a look at her background and record.
Not everyone at the event was supportive of a Klobuchar presidential run. "This is a guy who skipped a visit to a US cemetery in France of USA veterans because he, poor baby, was afraid to get his little hair wet". Rubin has known Klobuchar since she was Hennepin County attorney in the 1990s and early 2000s. Klobuchar announced with a view on trump's style of government, it will be no "foreign policy by Tweet". She's more of a center-left, moderate Democrat.
Klobuchar, 58, is hoping to belay her success in her home state - she easily won a third-term previous year and enjoys broad support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016 - and her reputation as a straight-shooting pragmatist who gets legislation passed onto the national stage. The margin was much larger Hillary Clinton's 1.5-point victory in Minnesota's presidential race in 2016. "She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota".
Ms Klobuchar said "I can be tough" and that "I can push people" and that she has staff who have worked for her for years and gone on to do other things.
The barrier-breaking senator from California who aspires to be the nation's first black female president announced her candidacy on a day honoring slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Clay County was a microcosm of Minnesota as a whole, where Klobuchar won 51 of the state's 87 counties. "She holds the power of the people of Minnesota". "In the Fight Club era of American politics will "Minnesota nice" work?" Klobuchar may be a productive senator, but she hasn't been at the forefront of the red-meat issues that hardcore party members want to hear about.More news: Add Zion Williamson’s Crazy Block vs. Virginia To His Absurd Highlight Reel
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Back in Minneapolis, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson joined Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on stage before Klobuchar's announcement Sunday to help introduce the candidate.
"There is quite a bit of, a lot of meaning behind where she is doing this", the adviser said.
The frequency of appearances was the highest of any year of her Senate career and a sharp increase from 2017, when she landed three Sunday morning interviews, and 2016, when she appeared just once, on Fox News Sunday. He is a retired journalist and columnist for the Minneapolis StarTribune. I don't come from money. "He never graduated from high school". She officially kicked off her White House run on Saturday.
The backdrop for her rally was the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi. During her time there she led a crackdown on gun crimes and secured almost 300 homicide convictions. She beat Republican Mark Kennedy with 58 percent of the vote, easily won a second term with 65 percent of the vote, and secured her third term in November with a comfortable 60 percent.
Klobuchar is not the only 2020 hopeful appearing on such shows.
She said she was running "for every worker, farmer, dreamer and builder". It also chronicled challenges including her father's struggle with alcoholism, a topic she touched on during Kavanaugh's Senate hearing, and her parents' divorce.