Amy Klobuchar Jumps Into Dem Presidential Field Amid Staff Mistreatment Reports

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

"People are talking to me about [a 2020 presidential run], I think in part because I've worked really hard to go not just where it's comfortable, but where it's uncomfortable, and did well in a number of those places that Donald Trump won", Klobuchar said in November.

Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced she is running for president in the 2020 election. She laid out her vision for the country, and vowed to "put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure" if elected president. She said that Klobuchar's down-to-earth pragmatism that she compares to a neighbor bringing a dish to a local potluck makes her likable in the U.S. Senate, but she's not sure that that personality trait will benefit her in a national election. But what I do have is this: "I have grit", she said. Klobuchar may be a productive senator, but she hasn't been at the forefront of the red-meat issues that hardcore party members want to hear about. She said all USA 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.

Trump, in a tweet, once again touted his ignorant argument that cold weather disproves global warming, trolling Klobuchar for addressing climate change "while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow".

Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said Klobuchar lacks the clout of political heavyweight senators like Paul Wellstone and Rudy Boschwitz and she raised questions about Klobuchar's stances on key issues. She declined to say whether she blamed her opponents for the negative headlines.

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

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

"We are exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding", Klobuchar told the crowd gathered at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River, as snow gathered on her hair and shoulders. "For every senior who wants affordable prescription drugs". She's citing the need to "heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good". Her voting record is that of a traditional Democrat: she's been a past supporter of middle class tax relief, Obamacare and a minimum wage hike.

Klobuchar, a lawyer and the former prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, raised her national profile during a Senate Judiciary Committee previous year for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both in high school. "Yes, I can push people, I know that".

'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 fantastic things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota. She sees potential, and she gets to work.

She won praise for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorney general nominee William Barr during recent confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh later apologised to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic.

"When you have a parent who's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking", she said. "I was truly trying to get to the bottom of the facts and the evidence". 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.

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