Today, Sen. Amy Klobuchar officially added her name to the growing list of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, announcing her campaign in the midst of a snow blizzard barring down on her home state of Minnesota. The campaign has provided cookies and 100 gallons each of hot chocolate and apple cider. She said she likes to "go south for the winter" to Iowa and played up her Midwestern upbringing, noting that her mom was born in the presidential swing state of Wisconsin.
Instead, she is likely to highlight her record of working across the aisle at times.
However, her legislative record has drawn criticism from both the GOP and some fellow Democrats.
Still, in 2018, she participated in bipartisan talks on a broad immigration compromise that would have bolstered border security and shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, although it ultimately was defeated in the Senate.
Her high ratings at home may demonstrate electability in a general election, an asset among a Democratic base eager to defeat Trump.
But Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan criticized Klobuchar's decision to run for president so quickly after Minnesota voters re-elected her to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. The margin was much larger Hillary Clinton's 1.5-point victory in Minnesota's presidential race in 2016. "She holds the power of the people of Minnesota". Huffington Post and BuzzFeed News were among the outlets that quoted former aides who weren't identified.
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"This isn't a person who's seeking power", he said Sunday. At least three people have withdrawn from consideration to lead Sen. "In the Fight Club era of American politics will "Minnesota nice" work?" She said the lesson learned after the 2016 election was "we are not going to leave the Midwest behind".
"Today, on an island of the mighty MS, in our nation's heartland, at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaper man, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States".
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.
She said she has friends of all political leanings who have supported Klobuchar, and she sees that as an advantage over the rest of the Democratic field.
Klobuchar for years has had the highest staff turnover rates in the Senate. "With me, that changes", Klobuchar told reporters after the event, noting her mother grew up in the state.
"I don't have a political machine", Ms. Klobuchar said, her hair caked in snow.
"We're starting in Wisconsin because as you remember there wasn't a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016".
A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, Klobuchar was an attorney in private practice when she got involved in an effort to require a state law to guarantee women a 48-hour hospital stay after delivering a baby. Some progressives say she lacks the kind of fire and bold ideas needed to bring significant change and excite voters. She's always there doing the work.