Amy Klobuchar announces presidential campaign

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 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.

The race to become the first female USA leader is heating up, with Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar announcing her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.

Before Klobuchar, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren anchored her campaign for the 2020 Presidential elections from the backdrop of Everett Mills in Lawrence city of MA on Saturday. All photos by Steve Cohen.

After eight years as county attorney, Klobuchar ran for the Senate seat being vacated by first-term Democrat Mark Dayton, who later won election as governor. "That sense of community is fractured across our nation, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics". Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, made the announcement Sunday in Minneapolis. Klobuchar said from Boom Island Park, Minneapolis. The stories also cited aides who said they didn't have that experience.

In general, she's a standard issue Democrat who has positioned herself as a pragmatist willing to work with Republicans.

Republicans quickly critiqued Klobuchar during and after her speech.

"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff - they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today".

Klobuchar has promised more stringent gun laws and set a target of universal health care, while calling for America to support its troops, diplomats and intelligence officers.

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As a resident of the West Mankato neighborhood where Tim Walz until recently lived along with State Rep. Jack Considine, Dave Brave Heart said there's been a great deal of speculation that Klobuchar would be announcing her candidacy.

Klobuchar, who gained national attention after speaking at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last fall, has served in the Senate since 2007.

"So I think taking on Amy Klobuchar, attacking her for standing in the middle of a snowfall in her home state, might not be the hill he wants to die on, might not be the smartest line of attack for Trump", Navarro added.

Like other Democratic candidates, she has laid the groundwork for a presidential run in recent months by stepping up her appearances on national outlets, including "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", where she was a guest in November, just before the midterm election. If she can gain traction in the crowded field, she has a real shot at becoming the nominee. "That's ordinary people doing extraordinary things", she said.

"The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she's in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn't be acceptable for anyone".

Klobuchar has been a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team since 2015, heading up the Democratic caucus's steering committee.

While she touched on a variety of issues where she differs from the president, Klobuchar didn't name Trump in her almost half-hour speech. Kavanaugh later apologised to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic.

But she raised only about 7.4 million USA dollars, a relatively small amount compared with Senate candidates in more competitive races.

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