US Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar enters 2020 presidential race

Saul Bowman
February 13, 2019

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.

She discussed her family history when she questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his hearing before the Senate previous year, asking him whether he had ever blacked out after drinking.

Klobuchar, 58, joins a growing crowd in the 2020 Democratic primary field that so far includes four of her Senate colleagues, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

"I am running for every American", Klobuchar said. But what I do have is this: I have grit.

A former prosecutor and corporate attorney, Klobuchar joins a list of Democratic hopefuls that includes fellow Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!". "In fact, he may not even be a free person". "But does it mar her rollout and her getting support from important people, like donors and elected officials? Yes".

The Huffington Post reported last week that Klobuchar's reputation had scared off three people from leading her presidential campaign.

Some Democratic operatives in early states believe the reports could undercut her public image.

Instead, she is likely to highlight her record of working across the aisle at times.

Klobuchar have yet been announced ten Democrats, that they want to run against Trump.

While that message is consistent across the growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates, Klobuchar stands out as a well-known Midwestern candidate in a state that has traditionally voted blue, but also has seen a decline in Democratic support over the last three presidential elections. Several former aides have been quoted saying she is hard to work for, with bouts of "explosive rage" leading to exceptionally high staff turnover. "I think she does well here in part because she is not a bomb thrower and is not an extreme partisan".


Ms Klobuchar has become a fashionable pick as a "dark horse" candidate.

Klobuchar has vowed to rejoin the Paris Climate accord, within the first 100 days if she is voted into power.

In her announcement speech, Klobuchar said she wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord "on day one" of her prospective presidency, reversing one of Trump's most contentious decisions.

Klobuchar launched her campaign at an outdoor meeting on Sunday amid a snowstorm.

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Tellingly, however, Klobuchar let Harris and Cory Booker take the lead in interrogating Brett Kavanaugh over his views on LGBTQ issues. She said the lesson learned after the 2016 election was "we are not going to leave the Midwest behind".

"She'd left hints in different interviews about deciding to run", said Lori Peters of North Mankato. Her name has been floated in the past as a potential Supreme Court nominee and as a possible vice presidential pick for Clinton in 2016. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen.

She has also avoided supporting Bernie Sanders' single-payer healthcare bill, known commonly as Medicare for All, preferring to back a "sensible transition" instead. "Today we say enough is enough", Klobuchar said.

Ms Harris, and likely opponent Mr Sanders, both support making college tuition nearly entirely free.

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