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12 February 2019, 10:00 | Devin Moran
Ex-Staffers Claim Abuse as Amy Klobuchar Readies Presidential Bid Announcement Screenshot8 Feb 2019
CNN commentator Ana Navarro rebuked President Donald Trump for his criticism of senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, branding the president a "poor baby" who was scared of getting his hair wet. She declined to say whether she blamed her opponents for the negative headlines. I will tell you what I think. He wrote that Klobuchar talked proudly "of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Not by wallowing over what's wrong, but my marching inexorably toward what's right". "Despite the gridlocks and the grandstanding, Amy finds a way to fight through the politics and get big things done for people". "I know that", she told reporters after the event. "It's pretty straightforward to me, not much fancier than that".
Back in Minneapolis, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson joined Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on stage before Klobuchar's announcement Sunday to help introduce the candidate.
Klobuchar says she's heading next to Wisconsin and Iowa.
Klobuchar's husband, John Bessler, called them last week to give them the news.
The three-term U.S. Senator highlighted her modest roots and a promise to put "heart" back in the "Heartland".
The 44-year-old tech entrepreneur launched his campaign with little fanfare in late 2017, warning against the dangers that automation presents to United States workers.
She would join Democrats who have already announced their 2020 bids, including California Sen.
She has said that success could translate to other Midwestern states such as MI and Wisconsin, reliably Democratic in presidential races for decades until Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton. "That's true in Minnesota where I grew up, and that's true across the border in Iowa".
In her speech, Klobuchar, 58, thanked Greater Minnesota and mentioned her Northland ties.
"She's been a real positive influence on our family", said Marilyn Bessler.
Klobuchar is seeking to cap an elective career that began in 1998 when she was elected to the first of two terms as top prosecuting attorney for Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, before being elected the first woman senator ever from the state in 2006.
Klobuchar has developed a reputation for reaching across the aisle and enjoys a 57 percent approval rating in Minnesota, based on a survey conducted by American Public Media in 2018. He touts her "Midwestern values" as an asset lacking in Washington D.C.
Across town at the Fillin' Station Coffee House, Lynn Rozen of Mankato also describes Klobuchar as relatable and honest. She also declared that she would direct the U.S.to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord "on day one" of her administration. "I love Amy, I love her policies". She supports the "Green New Deal", a Democratic plan proposed this past week to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. "People need to get out there and demonstrate true leadership potential".
"He won't even stand in the rain", she said. "If somebody doesn't want to come to an event that is outside in Minnesota, do they really live here?"
She is known for putting partisanship aside to pass legislation, something that has earned her a devoted following in Minnesota, and something American voters regularly tell pollsters they want.
Klobuchar's focus in recent months has included prescription drug prices, a new farm bill and election security.
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