Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator, Launches Presidential Bid

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

While most people outside her home state don't know Klobuchar, she's a credible candidate with as much a chance of winning as anyone. Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Sunday (local time) in Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota officially announced their bid for the candidacy.

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. All photos by Steve Cohen. Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, made the announcement Sunday in Minneapolis. "And yes, I can push people, I know that", Klobuchar said.

She said she also has high expectations for the country.

Last week, the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed shared the stories of former Klobuchar staffers who said the senator was very tough on them, at times criticizing their performance in front of other staff members and becoming so angry she threw a binder.

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.

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

Klobuchar in 2015 appeared to borrow from the playbook of presidential hopefuls by producing an autobiography.

Klobuchar never mentioned President Donald Trump's name, but decried what she called "petty and vicious" politics and government in a state of "chaos".

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Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. She also supports a Democratic Green New Deal proposal to combat climate change.

It was a festive atmosphere on a cold and snowy day in Minneapolis as an exuberant crowd for Ms Klobuchar's announcement at Boom Island Park, with the city's skyline in the background, for her campaign kick-off on Sunday afternoon.

Klobuchar has cited her broad appeal across Minnesota as she has discussed a potential campaign. "She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota", a campaign spokesperson said.

The field soon could expand to include prominent Democrats such as former Vice President Joe Biden of DE and Vermont Sen.

The primary field soon could expand to include prominent Democrats such as former Vice-President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Klobuchar has a liberal voting record but is not considered as liberal as other candidates running for president or considering a 2020 run. She was elected Senator in 2006 and was easily re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

"People are talking to me about [a 2020 presidential run], I think in part because I've worked really hard to go not just where it's comfortable, but where it's uncomfortable, and did well in a number of those places that Donald Trump won", Klobuchar said in November.

Klobuchar was the first 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to use her launch speech to vow action on digital issues like privacy, saying "big tech companies" are misusing personal data. Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic.

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