Dems’ field for 2020 in­cludes Klobuchar now

Se­na­tor from Min­nesota won dozens of coun­ties that Trump took in 2016

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Min­nesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sun­day joined the grow­ing group of Demo­crat pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls, po­si­tion­ing her­self as the most prom­i­nent Mid­west­ern can­di­date in the field, as her party tries to win back vot­ers.

Klobuchar, who eas­ily won a thirdterm last year, has pointed to her broad ap­peal across Min­nesota. She has drawn sup­port from vot­ers in ur­ban, sub­ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, in­clud­ing in dozens of coun­ties Pres­i­dent Trump won in 2016.

Of Democrats al­ready in the race, sev­eral are bet­ter-known and able to raise huge amounts of money.

Klobuchar, 58, is known as a straight­shoot­ing, prag­ma­tist will­ing to work with Repub­li­cans, mak­ing her one of the Sen­ate’s most pro­duc­tive mem­bers at pass­ing leg­is­la­tion.

Klobuchar has re­cently fo­cused on pre­scrip­tion drug prices, a new farm bill and elec­tion se­cu­rity. She sup­ports the “Green New Deal,” a Demo­cratic plan re­cently pro­posed to com­bat cli­mate change and cre­ate thou­sands of re­new­able en­ergy jobs.

Her leg­isla­tive record has drawn crit­i­cism. Some Repub­li­cans say Klobuchar is able to get things done be­cause she pushes smaller is­sues. Some pro­gres­sives say she lacks the kind of fire and bold ideas needed to bring sig­nif­i­cant change and ex­cite vot­ers.

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