Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid

Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid

Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid

The Minnesota Democrat becomes the eighth major candidate - and the fifth Democratic senator - to announce a bid for president or the formation of an exploratory committee.

Klobuchar's announcement came amid several news reports of high staff turnover in her Senate office with workers complaining of having to do personal chores, making it hard to hire high-level campaign strategists.

Klobuchar is expected to deliver a message of unity, vowing to fix a country she claims is fractured, according to excerpts of the senator's expected remarks given to ABC News.

Klobuchar joining the race adds a pragmatic voice from the heartland state of Minnesota to an ever-growing field of contenders hoping to unseat US President Donald Trump. They include Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. They both spend a great deal of time on the East Coast -John Bessler is a law professor at the University of Baltimore - but come back to Minnesota when Congress is out of session for a big family Thanksgiving.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor leaders from around the state, including U.S. Sen.

Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. "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".

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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. Klobuchar may be a productive senator, but she hasn't been at the forefront of the red-meat issues that hardcore party members want to hear about. He later apologized to the senator, who has said her father was an alcoholic. "I have neighbours. I have all of you".

Republicans quickly critiqued Klobuchar during and after her speech.

Even as the influence of social media and other information sources grows, the Sunday shows and cable networks remain essential for reaching insiders and political junkies who can make or break nascent presidential campaigns.

Klobuchar is already scheduled to speak February 21 in Iowa, the site of the nation's first caucuses on the nominating calendar. As a further potential candidate, Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, as well as independent Senator Bernie Sanders be traded. "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.

Klobuchar won re-election for her third Senate term last November with more than 60 percent of the vote over her opponent Jim Newberger. "I was leading the ticket, and I believe you need people that will go not just where it's comfortable, but where it's uncomfortable and be willing to work with other people that you don't always agree with for the betterment of this country". She began her career in private practice before being elected narrowly as Hennepin County attorney in 1998.

Sunday, Klobuchar seemed to relish the underdog role.

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