Latest Democrat to Go After Trump in 2020: Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

She hopes her moderate policies and strong electoral record in Minnesota will help her win back States Mr. Trump took from Democrats in the 2016 White House contest, including nearby Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, Wisconsin, as well as Pennsylvania.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) became the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race, announcing on Sunday her candidacy during a speech in Minneapolis' frigid and snowy Boom Island Park.

"Today on an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi, in our nation's heartland, in 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 a 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", Ms. She laid out her vision for the country, and vowed to "put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure" if elected president.

In a thinly-veiled attack on the president, Klobuchar also declared that the USA deserves more than "foreign policy by tweet" and warned that the country's sense of community is being undermined "by the petty and vicious nature of our politics". But what I do have is this: "I have grit". "Amy showed that the rule of law should still matter and, as she said, the Constitution does not say, 'We the ruling party, ' it says, "We the people'".

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Klobuchar was most recently in the public eye during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and she helped lead Democratic opposition to him and Trump's other high-court pick, Neil Gorsuch.

Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said Klobuchar lacks the clout of political heavyweight senators like Paul Wellstone and Rudy Boschwitz and she raised questions about Klobuchar's stances on key issues. She's said her interest came from own experience, when as a new mother she was discharged after 24 hours because her insurance wouldn't cover more.

"I don't know that coming from Minnesota gives her any advantage with Iowans". "We are all exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock, and grandstanding". "I don't feel like she's the kind of person that's going to get people super excited at a rally".

Klobuchar's focus in recent months has included prescription drug prices, a new farm bill and election security.

In her speech, Klobuchar, 58, thanked Greater Minnesota and mentioned her Northland ties.

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However, her legislative record has drawn criticism from both the GOP and some fellow Democrats. In her three elections to the U.S. Senate, she has won handily. "Yes, I can push people, I know that".

A campaign spokesperson denied the allegations and told BuzzFeed News the Senator "loves her staff". And that's what we need.

"We want a leader more focused on getting things done for our towns and our cities across America", Judd said.

Before she was a senator, she was the Hennepin County Attorney for eight years.

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. He asked Klobuchar, "Have you?"

Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic.

"When you have a parent who's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking", she said.

Among the other Midwestern lawmakers who could seek the nomination are Sen.

Sen. Sherrod Brown of OH has been visiting early-voting states and is rumored to be considering a run and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, established an exploratory committee last month.

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