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Amy Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential campaign, joins growing field of Democrats

Race for the White House: Midwestern senator throws her hat in the ring Latest Democrat to Go After Trump in 2020: Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Jeannette Daniel | 11 February, 2019, 21:25

"I find her to be the most hawkish of any Democrat in Congress", said Mike Madden, a St. Paul, Minnesota resident who was with a group of anti-war protesters railing against Klobuchar's candidacy.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced her 2020 presidential candidacy over the weekend, using an icy blizzard as her backdrop until almost all her supporters were seemingly up to their knees in snow.

"District 7A Rep. Jennifer Schultz of Duluth took to Twitter after Klobuchar's announcement: "@amyklobuchar will lead with her heart & her head to fight for everyone. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!"

Aside from the environment, Klobuchar's platforms include universal health care, criminal justice reform, gun control and curbing big tech's abuse of privacy.

She told a crowd of thousands of supporters standing through a blizzard that she was ready to launch her candidacy with a focus on the heartland. They include Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

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. We are all exhausted of the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding. "I don't feel like she's the kind of person that's going to get people super excited at a rally".

In January this year, she proved that this frank interrogation style was not a one-off when she grilled President Trump's attorney general nominee Mr Barr about obstruction of justice allegations. Tina Smith said to loud cheers from attendees.

"I don't know that coming from Minnesota gives her any advantage with Iowans".

Race for the White House: Midwestern senator throws her hat in the ring

The three-term senator also stressed her desire to address some of the newest challenges facing America. The span was built after the previous bridge collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to help fund the new bridge and get it completed at a faster-than-usual pace. That's community. That's a shared story. She said all US homes should be connected to the Internet by 2022, endorsed universal health care, and said all people should need a background check before buying a gun. "For every senior who wants affordable prescription drugs".

Klobuchar told reporters during a chaotic post-speech interview that she preferred to focus on the issues.

'She has many staff who have been with her for years - including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively - and many who have gone on to do wonderful things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota.

However, her legislative record has drawn criticism from both the GOP and some fellow Democrats.

Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, gained national attention for her intense line of questioning during Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court. In recent days, however, some media outlets have reported on complaints from former staff members of angry outbursts and high staff turnover, a contrast to her publicly low-key and good-humored image entirely in keeping with "Minnesota Nice".

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

When Klobuchar asked Kavanaugh whether he ever had had so much to drink that he didn't remember what happened, he turned the question around. Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic. "I was truly trying to get to the bottom of the facts and the evidence".

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