Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces bid for 2020 presidential election

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces bid for 2020 presidential election

Her father, Jim Klobuchar, now 90, was present at her announcement.

Although Klobuchar didn't name Trump directly, she did argue that Americans deserved more than "foreign policy by tweet".

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who acknowledged she "can be tough" with her staff after reports she mistreats people working for her, can get tough with the president, too.

The senator spoke at a rally in a Minneapolis park along the banks of the Mississippi River, where supporters braved a steady snowfall and temperatures hovered around 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius).

But some former Klobuchar staffers, all of whom spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, describe Klobuchar as habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it hard to work in her office for long. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Obama-era Cabinet member Julián Castro.

Her resumé. Klobuchar is a Minnesota native who graduated from Yale and the University of Chicago Law School.

Ms. Warren headed to Iowa to campaign on Sunday after formally launching her bid on Saturday. Mr. 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. "It's pretty straightforward to me, not much fancier than that".

Klobuchar developed a higher profile nationally last fall when she questioned then-Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh about his drinking habits.

Klobuchar for years has had the highest staff turnover rates in the Senate. "That, my friends is Amy Klobuchar".

Klobuchar, 58, is known as a straight-shooting, pragmatist willing to work with Republicans, making her one of the Senate's most productive members at passing legislation.


A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll conducted by Selzer & Company in December found that Klobuchar was largely unfamiliar to likely Iowa caucus-goers, with 54 percent saying they didn't know enough about her to have an opinion, while 38 percent had a favorable opinion and 8 percent had an unfavorable opinion.

"Some politicians, some pundits, they look at parts of our handsome country, our Midwest area, and they put us down, saying the best is behind us", she said.

She' set to join the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate. By comparison, Warren raised 35 million USA dollars in the same period.

Her party is trying to win back voters in a region that help put Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.

Klobuchar became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota in 2016 and won 43 Minnesota counties that Trump had won two years earlier and 51 of 87 counties overall when she won reelection in 2018. "I'm running for every student who wants a good education", she said.

When it comes to tech policy, she called for net neutrality standards and improved cybersecurity, as well as internet access in every home by 2022.

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.

President Donald Trump appeared to have watched the speech, noting on Twitter that Klobuchar had talked about climate change.

Klobuchar, 58, is hoping to belay her success in her home state - she easily won a third-term previous year and enjoys broad support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016 - and her reputation as a straight-shooting pragmatist who gets legislation passed onto the national stage.

She has been measured in her criticism of Trump, attacking the effects of his trade tariffs on farmers but avoiding more explosive issues like immigration and gun control.

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