Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces bid for 2020 presidential election

Race for the White House: Midwestern senator throws her hat in the ring

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race later Sunday. Thousands of supporters didn't seem to mind.

Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, made the announcement today in Minneapolis. We are all exhausted of the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding. "She's good for Minnesota, and seeing people turn out (on such a snowy day) showcases people's excitement here".

She's pointed to her broad appeal across Minnesota - where she's drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016 - and says that success could translate to other Midwestern states such as MI and Wisconsin, reliably Democratic in presidential races for decades until Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

"Well, it happened again", the president tweeted.

Mr. Trump promptly threw a verbal snowball right back at her, chuckling via Twitter on Sunday afternoon about how Ms. Klobuchar was "talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures".

"By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!" "And I can tell you as someone who's run some pretty tough campaigns in Southern Minnesota's rural First District, there is nobody you want on the ballot more than Amy Klobuchar", Walz said.

After working as a lawyer in a private firm, she became chief prosecutor for Hennepin, Minnesota's most populous county, in 1998.

Beyond the political realm, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said Klobuchar is truly running for the people. "That's the challenge Amy Klobuchar faces especially with Democratic activists in the primary", said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist based in Boston. None of the aides were willing to be named.

For her part, Klobuchar issued a stubborn response to the president's attack.

She said she supports increasing "shared prosperity", adding, "We won't get there if people can't afford their health care and that means getting to universal health care and bringing down the costs of prescription drugs".

"I'm exhausted of a government that works for a thin slice at the top and nobody else", said Warren, appearing at the University of Iowa. "Yes, I can be tough".

"I can push people".

Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. They, like many of her constituents, were not surprised, but think she will continue to focus on being a senator for Minnesota. She became the first Democrat to lose Wisconsin since 1984.

Ms. Klobuchars campaign announcement came amid several news reports that staff in her Senate office were asked to do menial tasks, including some personal in nature like laundry, making it hard for her to hire high-level campaign strategists.

Sunday, Klobuchar seemed to relish the underdog role.

"For too long, leaders in Washington have sat on the sidelines while others try to figure out what to do about the changing economy and its impact on our lives, what to do about the disruptive nature of new technologies, income inequality, the political and geographical divides, the changing climate, the tumult in our world", she said. I don't come from money. But what I do have is this: "I have grit", she said.

"I'm not concerned about that". Other staffers have defended Klobuchar's leadership style.

In a thinly-veiled attack on the president, Klobuchar also declared that the US deserves more than "foreign policy by tweet" and warned that the country's sense of community is being undermined "by the petty and vicious nature of our politics".

While Klobuchar has positioned herself as the only Democratic candidate able to win back other Midwestern states such as MI and Wisconsin, which were reliably Democratic in presidential races for decades until Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton, that could change as more candidates enter the fold.

Klobuchar's speech included several policy proposals, which is unusual for a campaign kickoff.

"Amy has always been very positive with her campaign ads, but we do worry about the negative things that may come up and all that", Marilyn Bessler said.

Ms. Klobuchar took jabs at President Trump, saying members of the military and diplomats "deserve better than a foreign policy by tweet" and saying it is time to "stop the fear-mongering and the stop the hate".

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