Sen. Amy Klobuchar Announces Bid for 2020 Presidential Campaign
Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd was among the many speakers there
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is officially trying to make her next home the White House.
KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us what voters have to say about the senator’s decision to start a presidential campaign.
She may be the first Minnesota woman elected into the U.S. Senate, but now Sen. Amy Klobuchar is trying to take on an even bigger role by becoming America’s first female president.
“I am running for every American. I am running for you,” Klobuchar said.
Sen. Klobuchar already has a plan for the first 100 days in office if elected. She says on day one, she would rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.
“The people our on our side when it comes to climate change. Why? Because like you and I, they believe in science,” Klobuchar said.
The president took to Twitter, saying Klobuchar picked “bad timing” to talk about climate change while out in “a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.”
Klobuchar also says her campaign will be based around standing up for universal background checks and common sense gun legislation, voting rights and net neutrality. She’s up four other women and five men but says one thing is for sure.
“I am tough enough to take on Donald Trump because I would have liked to see him sitting out in this snow for an hour giving this speech,” she said.
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith says America already got a little taste of Klobuchar’s grit while questioning Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“You will see that she has the tenacity of a prosecutor who fights for people without fear or favor. Did not America get a preview of Amy’s strength during the Supreme Court hearings,” Sen. Smith said.
Minn. Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd also gave speeches about Klobuchar to talk about why she’d make a great president.
But not every voter agrees it’ll be enough when she’s up against President Trump.
“I think Trump is more well known than Amy,” said Bradley Jenkins, who lives in Crookston.
MSUM political science professor Barbara Headrick says Klobuchar might be able to change that because of her midwestern roots though.
“Democrats were concerned they lost the Midwestern states in the presidential race in 2016. I think her appeal may include ‘I know how to reach those types of voters and bring some of those states back,” Headrick said.
But that appeal is being challenged by backlash the senator is facing after being accused of mistreating her staff in the past.
“Yes I can be tough and yes I can push people I know that. But in the end, there are so many great stories of our staff that have been with me for years,” Klobuchar said.
And not every Minnesotan says it’s something they’re concerned about because everyone faces criticism.
“Why do people have to criticize everyone all the time? They shouldn’t be criticizing her but that’s what they do nowadays all the time,” Jenkins said.
Sen. Klobuchar won 42 counties in the November election which President Trump also won in 2016.
2020 Presidential Candidates:
Sen. Cory Booker – D-NJ
Mayor Pete Buttigieg – D-South Bend, Indiana
Julián Castro – Former Housing Secretary
Fmr. Rep. John Delaney – D-MD 6th District
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – D-Hawaii
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – D-NY
Sen. Kamala Harris – D-CA
Sen. Elizabeth Warren – D-MA
Marianne Williamson – Self-help author
Andrew Yang – Former tech executive
Gov. John Hickenlooper – D-CO