Se­na­tor Klobuchar joins crowded pres­i­den­tial race

The Hindu - - WORLD -

U.S. Se­na­tor Amy Klobuchar was ex­pected to en­ter the 2020 pres­i­den­tial race on Sun­day, be­com­ing the first mod­er­ate in an in­creas­ingly crowded field of Democrats vy­ing to chal­lenge Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Ms. Klobuchar, 58, now in her third six-year term as a Se­na­tor for Min­nesota, will seek to po­si­tion her­self as a con­trast to Mr. Trump, who is ex­pected to be the Repub­li­can can­di­date in the Novem­ber 2020 elec­tion, fo­cussing on both pol­icy dif­fer­ences but also style and tact. A for­mer pros­e­cu­tor and cor­po­rate at­tor­ney, Ms. Klobuchar joins a list of Demo­cratic hope­fuls that in­cludes fel­low Sen­a­tors Cory Booker of New Jersey, Ka­mala Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia and El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts.

Head­ing to Iowa

Ms. War­ren headed to Iowa to cam­paign on Sun­day af­ter for­mally launch­ing her bid on Satur­day. Mr. Booker is also spend­ing the week­end in the Mid­west­ern farm State.

Ms. Klobuchars cam­paign an­nounce­ment came amid sev­eral news re­ports that staff in her Sen­ate of­fice were asked to do me­nial tasks, in­clud­ing some per­sonal in na­ture like laun­dry, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for her to hire high-level cam­paign strate­gists. Ms. Klobuchar gained na­tional at­ten­tion in 2018 when she sparred with Brett Ka­vanaugh dur­ing Sen­ate hear­ings on his Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion.

Build­ing a pro­file

Her ques­tions earned her recog­ni­tion in Demo­cratic cir­cles for work­ing to ad­vance the #MeToo move­ment against sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault. But the Se­na­tor will have work to do to build a na­tional pro­file. She barely reg­is­ters in early opin­ion polls of po­ten­tial Demo­cratic can­di­dates. She hopes her mod­er­ate poli­cies and strong elec­toral record in Min­nesota will help her win back States Mr. Trump took from Democrats in the 2016 White House con­test, in­clud­ing nearby Iowa, Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin, as well as Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ms. Klobuchar has fo­cussed her ef­forts on is­sues like an­titrust over­sight, agri­cul­ture and voter se­cu­rity. Re­cently, she pushed for Sen­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into whether Face­book Inc. broke the law when it re­sisted over­sight on how Rus­sians used its plat­form to med­dle in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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Sen­ate Amy Klobuchar.

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