US Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar enters 2020 presidential race

The long knives are out for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota, who is expected to announce her candidacy for president on Sunday, Feb. 10.

"Well, it happened again. I have neighbors. I have all of you who are willing to come out in the middle of the winter, all of you who took the time to watch us today, all of you who are willing to stand up and say people matter". But what I do have is this: "grit", Klobuchar said, seemingly proving it by speaking for almost a half hour in a snowstorm with the temperature at minus 9 degrees Celsius. For every worker, farmer, dreamer and builder.

President Trump slammed Klobuchar's snowy announcement on Twitter, saying she's "fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures". She found an easy path to victory, defeating her Republican challenger by more than 20 points. "Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!" the president tweeted. On one occasion, a staffer was inadvertently hit in the head with a binder after Klobuchar lost her temper and began throwing objects. She was re-elected with no competition in 2002. In recent days, however, some media outlets have reported on complaints from former staff members of angry outbursts and high staff turnover, a contrast to her publicly low-key and good-humored image entirely in keeping with "Minnesota Nice".

That middle-American positioning came under threat last week as news organizations published reports that quoted unnamed staff members as saying Klobuchar had been an exceptionally hard boss.

"Her moderation and common-sense approach appeals to Clay County voters", said DFL state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, who knows a thing or two about moderation and common sense. I have family. I have friends.

As a resident of the West Mankato neighborhood where Tim Walz until recently lived along with State Rep. Jack Considine, Dave Brave Heart said there's been a great deal of speculation that Klobuchar would be announcing her candidacy.

"We worked across the aisle to get the federal funding and we rebuilt that I-35W bridge - in just over a year", Klobuchar said in her speech with the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River as her backdrop.

"I think we all have a side of ourselves that, if we were to be in the public eye, somebody would have something negative to say", said Mary Stanley, a Minnesota voter who said she's supported Klobuchar for years.

"The concerns of Minnesotans are not necessarily the concerns of people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, even Wisconsin", Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan told the Forum News Service.

The sprawling field Klobuchar joined Sunday includes four Democratic senators - Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

The Minnesota senator first signaled the possibility of a presidential run after visiting Iowa in October while she was campaigning for a Democratic House candidate. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard are among those who have already announced that they will run.

Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy soon.

Klobuchar, the daughter of a journalist and a teacher, has a reputation as a fierce defender of the rights of the working class, consumers and women.

Klobuchar raised her national profile during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last fall for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Tracy Klein