Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

The Latest: Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

The Latest: Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

On Sunday, President Donald Trump dubbed newly announced 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar a "Snowman (woman)".

Klobuchar, 58, now in her third six-year term as a senator for Minnesota, will seek to position herself as a contrast to Trump, who is expected to be the Republican candidate in the November 2020 election, focusing on both policy differences but also style and tact.

Ms Klobuchar's announcement came amid several news reports of high staff turnover in her Senate office with workers complaining of having to do personal chores, making it hard to hire high-level campaign strategists.

Former members of her staff told HuffPost that Klobuchar ground down morale with constant and cruel late-night emails and claimed staff was required to perform personal duties for her - such as washing dishes in her home - in violation of the Senate's rules and federal law against personal use of the office.

Klobuchar has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to help fund the new bridge and get it completed at a faster-than-usual pace. "That's community. That's a shared story". Klobuchar said in prepared remarks for a rally Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.

"But that sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. We are all exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding".

Klobuchar has focused her legislative efforts on issues like antitrust oversight, agriculture and voter security. 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. Some Republicans say Klobuchar is able to get things done because she pushes smaller issues. Some progressives said she'd lacked the kind of fire and bold ideas needed to bring significant change and excite voters. "We need someone who is focused on getting things done for this country".

Ms. Klobuchar gained national attention in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination.

When Klobuchar asked Kavanaugh whether he ever had had so much to drink that he didn't remember what happened, he turned the question around.

Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic. "I was truly trying to get to the bottom of the facts and the evidence".

Among the other Midwestern lawmakers who could also seek the nomination are Senator 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.

Sen. Sherrod Brown of OH has been visiting early-voting states and is rumored to be considering a run and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, established an exploratory committee last month.

Klobuchar campaigned with Democrats in Iowa last fall, and in December spoke to progressive farmers and activists about the importance of bridging the divide between urban and rural areas.

"This is the moment for the Midwest", she said, "and we don't want to be forgotten again in a national election".