Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in the snow at Boom Island Park near downtown Minneapolis, Klobuchar, 58, declared she will join the growing field of Democratic candidates seeking a nomination to oppose President Donald Trump in the upcoming election. It wouldn't be a shock if she has a good showing in the neighbouring-state Iowa caucuses and rides that momentum deep into the primary season. The campaign has provided cookies and 100 gallons each of hot chocolate and apple cider. "She has an ability to cross the aisle, regardless of the political climate".

For example, while she has publicly spoken out against President Trump's immigration and border policies, she has not voiced her support for the movement to abolish US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She speaks for us.

Klobuchar, now serving her third term in the Senate, has hinted for weeks that she would be entering the race, officially doing so after an onslaught of reports that her "Minnesota nice" public image does not align with how she treats staff members behind closed doors.

Some former staffers described Klobuchar as "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty", although others said that while working for Klobuchar was challenging, it was also rewarding.

They could face tough competition for the top ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also attracting Democrat support for possible candidature.

Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, a Republican, once called Klobuchar "the great avoider". "We'd be well-served right now with someone with that kind of character and integrity". She was the first female to represent Minnesota in the United States Senate.

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A talented orator with a flair for the dramatic, he drew attention for his performance during confirmation hearings of Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

She criticized the administration of President Donald Trump, taking aim at government shutdowns and gridlocks.

This New York senator made a name fighting the battle to end sexual assault, especially in the military, before the #MeToo movement gained national prominence. He is a retired journalist and columnist for the Minneapolis StarTribune. She's talked about holding some low-paying jobs as she grew up, which led her to advocate a minimum wage increase. Her defenders say she is simply someone who demands excellence, and that the allegations against her would not be made against a man. "If there are other pie cutters in the U.S. Senate, I'd like to meet them".

Klobuchar's focus in recent months has included prescription drug prices, a new farm bill and election security. She doesn't see a struggle and lose interest. She testified before the state legislature, urging the 48-hour standard. She began her career as a corporate lawyer in her home state before being elected prosecutor for Hennepin County (which includes Minneapolis). During her time there she led a crackdown on gun crimes and secured almost 300 homicide convictions. During her first reelection bid in 2012, she won all but two counties. Previous year she easily won a third term.

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

But the senator will have work to do to build a national profile. Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic.

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