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April 25, 2019

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar officially joins 2020 presidential race

February 12, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her campaign for President Sunday (Anthony Souffle / AP)

The Democratic 2020 presidential field just grew by one.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced Sunday that she’s throwing her hat in the ring and aiming for the White House.

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“Today, on an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi, in our nation’s heartland, at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron-ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States,” Klobuchar said in the middle of a freezing, snowy field in Boom Island Park, Minneapolis.

The 58-year-old politician said she was running “for every worker, farmer, dreamer and builder.”

“I am running for every American,” she said. “I am running for you. I promise you this as your president: I will look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will focus on getting things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life. And no matter what, I’ll lead from the heart.”

She also took a shot at President Trump — and specifically his use of social media — without naming him.

“We need to stand strong — and consistently — with our allies. We need to be clear in our purpose. We must respect our front line troops, diplomats and intelligence officers…who are out there every day risking their lives for us,” she said. “They deserve better than foreign policy by tweet.”

In the days leading up to her announcement, Klobuchar faced multiple allegations of mistreating her staff, including a HuffPost report that described her as “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.”

She pushed back Sunday, but admitted that she can be a “tough” boss.

“Yes, I can push people. I know that,” she said Sunday, according to the Washington Post. “I have, I’d say, high expectations for myself. I have high expectations for the people who work for me. And I have high expectations for this country.”

President Trump weighed in a few hours later, using Klobuchar’s snow-coated announcement to push his scientifically unproven goal of dispelling global warming.

“Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures,” he tweeted. “Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”

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Klobuchar joins an already crowded Democratic field of presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Tulsi Gabbard.

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