Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid | #100182

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid | #100182

Klobuchar, a lawyer and the former prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, raised her national profile during a Senate Judiciary Committee last fall for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both in high school.

Eight years later, she was elected to the Senate to represent Minnesota - the first woman to get the job.

"Klobuchar is pointing to her record of working with Republicans, and says the country is exhausted of what she calls "the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding".

"I am running for every parent who wants a better world for their kids". For every farmer, dreamer and builder. "I'm very positive that she will run and announce on Sunday".

She has said 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. "For a moment, let's stop seeing those obstacles as obstacles in our path".

"I don't have a political machine, I don't come from money", she said.

The 58-year-old said it is time to get "dark money" out of politics, strengthen voting rights, combat climate change, and to enact universal background checks for all gun purchases.

The announcement followed Sen. Tina Smith, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Smith threw their support behind Klobuchar on Sunday.

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"We know that [Klobuchar] is one of the most effective senators in the country", Smith said. "Our fight is for big structural change".

"I'm continuing to talk to people about it", she said. Although she is somewhat of an unknown nationally, recent polling in Iowa, the first caucus state, has found that far more likely caucus-goers view her favorably than not.

University of Minnesota student Noelle Dyalsingh said she's looking for an inclusive candidate. "Just [someone] who's willing to support and stand for everyone".

Klobuchar told reporters in early January that she was "getting close to a decision" about running for president in 2020. Mike Madden, a St. Paul resident, described himself as an anti-war advocate and carried a sign that read, "No war 2020" and "No Klobuchar". She doesn't see a struggle and lose interest. Tradition is important to her, serving potica at her office in D.C.

Klobuchar's speech on Sunday will lean heavily into her Minnesota roots, including the grit that it takes to draw people to a political event in sub-freezing weather.

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Now the other high profile Democrats who have announced candidacy are Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Often compared to former president Barack Obama, Booker began his career as a community activist and rose to prominence as mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Klobuchar won re-election past year with over 60 percent of the vote in a state that has voted Democratic at the presidential level in every election since 1976 but only narrowly went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

She also used the speech to highlight her ability to work across the aisle with Republicans and her campaign priorities, including healthcare, an issue set to be heavily debated during her party's nominating race.

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