Amy Klobuchar joins 2020 presidential race

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

While she touched on a variety of issues where she differs from the president, Klobuchar didn't name Trump in her almost half-hour speech.

Klobuchar launched her campaign at an outdoor meeting on Sunday amid a snowstorm.

Klobuchar, who portrays herself as "Minnesota Nice" in public settings, made her announcement on the heels of reports that she has mistreated her staff for years.

Klobuchar never mentioned President Donald Trump's name, but decried what she called "petty and vicious" politics and government in a state of "chaos". 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. According to FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker, Klobuchar voted with Trump's interests 31% of the time since he took office.

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. Ms. Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. Klobuchar had worked with then Sen.

In the tweet, Trump said the senator looked like a "Snowman (woman)" because she was standing in a "virtual blizzard".

"She put out a visual there", Brzezinski said. "Not by wallowing over what's wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what's right". "I am running for you". Klobuchar has pointed out that two-thirds of the bills she's sponsored have had a Republican co-sponsor, including legislation on military sexual assault and fraud against senior citizens.

Her support in fighting climate change drew rebuttal from President Donald Trump, who has frequently questioned the worrisome trend. Klobuchar won re-election previous year with over 60 percent of the vote in a state that has voted Democratic at the presidential level in every election since 1976 but only narrowly went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In a year when many Democrats say their top priority in a candidate is an ability to defeat Trump, Klobuchar's words seemed - time after time, issue by issue - to target the president.

She said she has friends of all political leanings who have supported Klobuchar, and she sees that as an advantage over the rest of the Democratic field.

Several big Democratic guns have yet to commit, including former vice president Joe Biden and senators Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown. Recently, she pushed for Senate investigations into whether Facebook Inc. broke the law when it resisted oversight on how Russians used its platform to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. "I have I'd say high expectations for myself, I have high expectations for the people who work for me, but I have high expectations for this country".

"At least I do", she said.

She later ran for Hennepin County prosecuting attorney in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002.

Her status as a neighbor to the first state to cast ballots in 2020 may be beneficial, as Klobuchar clearly suggested in her speech Sunday.

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