With a snowy Minneapolis skyline serving as a backdrop, U.S. Sen.
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. They include Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd, who all spoke before the large crowd.
Campaign volunteers passed out hand warmers along with American flags, as well as cookies and copious amounts of hot chocolate and apple cider. Klobuchar's announcement came a day after Sen.
Ms. Klobuchars campaign announcement came amid several news reports that staff in her Senate office were asked to do menial tasks, including some personal in nature like laundry, making it hard for her to hire high-level campaign strategists.
Klobuchar, 58, is hoping to belay her success in her home state - she easily won a third-term a year ago 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. "That's community. That's a shared story".
Klobuchar has focused her legislative efforts on issues like antitrust oversight, agriculture and voter security.
Her party is trying to win back voters in a region that help put Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.
"I don't know that coming from Minnesota gives her any advantage with Iowans".
Some Republicans said Klobuchar has been able to get things done by pushing smaller issues. Some progressives say she lacks the kind of fire and bold ideas needed to bring significant change and excite voters.
"I can push people".
"I saw the tweet about Amy Klobuchar and calling her a snow woman for standing there braving the snowfall", Navarro said early Sunday evening during a CNN panel. "We need someone who is focused on getting things done for this country".
Ms Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination.
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.
Unruffled, Klobuchar continued as Kavanaugh asked again.
"When you have a parent who's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking", she said.
Among the other Midwestern lawmakers who could also seek the nomination are Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, who has been visiting early-voting states, and Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who established an exploratory committee last month. Sherrod Brown of OH, who has been visiting early voting states, and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who established an exploratory committee last month.
Klobuchar campaigned with Democrats in Iowa previous year, and in December spoke to progressive farmers and activists about the importance of bridging the divide between urban and rural areas.
"This is the moment for the Midwest", she said, "and we don't want to be forgotten again in a national election".