Democratic Presidential Field Widens With Klobuchar Bid

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Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says she's taking her campaign for president - and her Midwest sensibilities - directly to parts of the region Donald Trump won and that her party wants to recapture in 2020.

Scott Herzog, a 50-year-old manufacturer from West St. Paul, said the same as he stood in front of the stage two hours before the event starts: "This is true Minnesota: Snow and Amy Klobuchar".

Democrats are amusing creatures.

She is the most prominent Midwesterner in an increasingly-crowded race so far. Seems a broad swath of Americans find a no-nonsense boss appealing.

The senator also went after Trump without mentioning him by name, criticising the President's foreign policy and use of Twitter. After living with the orange rage of Trump, Klobuchar's "Minnesota-nice" persona is a welcome relief.

After eight years as county attorney, Klobuchar ran for the Senate seat being vacated by first-term Democrat Mark Dayton, who later won election as governor.

Klobuchar praised her staff for putting together the announcement event when asked about the reports.

The article cites anonymous sources who describe Klobuchar as "habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it hard to work in her office for long". During her time there she led a crackdown on gun crimes and secured almost 300 homicide convictions.

Klobuchar, 58, joins a growing crowd in the 2020 Democratic primary field that so far includes four of her Senate colleagues, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. In general, she's a standard issue Democrat who has positioned herself as a pragmatist willing to work with Republicans. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!" the president tweeted. "She knows the Democratic party shouldn't and can't leave anyone behind". The staffers were quoted anonymously and others, who were named, rose to defend Klobuchar.

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But claims about her work ethic have cast a shadow over her goals.

From left: U.S. Sen.

"For too long, leaders in Washington have sat on the sidelines while others try to figure out what to do about the changing economy and its impact on our lives, what to do about the disruptive nature of new technologies, income inequality, the political and geographical divides, the changing climate, the tumult in our world", she said. Kent Eken of Twin Valley, whose district includes Clay County. "That's ordinary people doing extraordinary things", she said in her prepared remarks.

She often reminds people her grandfather worked in the underground mines in Ely.

Klobuchar has publicly avoided the hottest-button topics like guns, abortion and Trump's border wall.

Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. Klobuchar's father is an alcoholic and the senator mildly scolded the fiery Kavanaugh. "The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she's in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn't be acceptable for anyone".

The Minnesota Democrat becomes the eighth major candidate - and the fifth Democratic senator - to announce a bid for president or the formation of an exploratory committee.

Pros to her candidacy. Booker is also spending the weekend in the Midwestern farm State.

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