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

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

Klobuchar, a moderate, Midwestern Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2007, highlighted in speech her ability to work across the aisle with Republicans and her "grit" as Democrats try to win back voters in a region that supported then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 race.

Another Democrat has joined the race to be USA president, promising to win back for the party the Midwest states that gave victory to Donald Trump in 2016.

Senators Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Warren of MA have all thrown their hat in the race, as has congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. All photos by Steve Cohen. And she threw jabs at Trump, saying the sense of what brings communities together is being "worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics".

Klobuchar, who easily won a third-term previous year, is the most prominent candidate from the Midwest to enter the race.

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. "Amy showed that the rule of law should still matter and, as she said, the Constitution does not say, 'We the ruling party, ' it says, "We the people'".

It is common for staff to wake up to multiple emails from Klobuchar characterizing one's work as "the worst" briefing or press release she'd seen in her decades of public service, according to two former aides and emails seen by HuffPost.

Klobuchar becomes the fifth US senator to announce her candidacy, and the fourth woman in the chamber. The president, however, saw this as an event worthy of his mockery.

She won praise for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorney general nominee William Barr during recent confirmation hearings.

She has been measured in her criticism of Trump, attacking the effects of his trade tariffs on farmers but avoiding more explosive issues like immigration and gun control. "I am running for you". Tina Smith said to loud cheers from attendees.

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Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, stressed her success in winning in counties that backed Mr Trump against Hillary Clinton in his successful campaign for the White House.

She would join Democrats who have already announced their 2020 bids, including California Sen.

Her emphasis on a being a pragmatist willing to work with the GOP is exactly what voters exhausted of gridlock want to hear.

She is the most prominent Midwesterner in an increasingly-crowded race so far.

Former vice president Joe Biden is known to be weighing a candidacy, and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke has said he will announce his plans this month.

Ms. Klobuchar has focussed her efforts on issues like antitrust oversight, agriculture and voter security.

A supporter of liberal Bernie Sanders in the 2016 race, military veteran Gabbard was criticized for meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad during that country's civil war, and for anti-gay positions that she has since retracted and apologized for.

Klobuchar, like many of her Democratic colleagues, called for unison and bipartisan approaches for federal governance in her speech.

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