Min­nesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins pres­i­den­tial race

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By SEAN PHILIP COT­TER

An al­ready-crowded Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary field gained an­other big name Sun­day with the en­trance of Min­nesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Klobuchar, 58, was re­elected last year to her third term in the Se­nate af­ter serv­ing as the top prose­cu­tor for Hen­nepin County, which in­cludes Minneapolis. The sen­a­tor, a rel­a­tive moder­ate in both pol­i­tics and pub­lic per­sona, made her pitch as some heavy snow fell, say­ing she’s a prag­ma­tist who can get re­sults.

“I prom­ise you this: As your pres­i­dent, I will look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will fo­cus on get­ting things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life. And no mat­ter what, I’ll lead from the heart,” Klobuchar said.

Pres­i­dent Trump chimed in re­gard­ing Klobuchar’s an­nounce­ment with a tweet mock­ing her stance on cli­mate change, a phe­nom­e­non most sci­en­tists say is pushed by hu­man ac­tion. Trump wrote that Klobu- char talked proudly “of fight­ing global warm­ing while stand­ing in a vir­tual bl­iz­zard of snow, ice and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. Bad tim­ing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snow­man(woman)!”

Klobuchar has blown out her com­pe­ti­tion in var­i­ous Min­nesota races, but isn’t high in the polls for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. She was av­er­ag­ing 1.3 per­cent as of Sun­day evening na­tion­wide, ac­cord­ing to Real Clear Pol­i­tics’ polling ag­gre­ga­tor.

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den has con­sis­tently led eas­ily in the polls, and re­tains a 32.8 per­cent av­er­age, per RCP. Bi­den is lean­ing toward en­ter­ing the race soon, but hasn’t made his mind up yet, ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous me­dia re­ports.

U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, a po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dent who ran as a Demo­crat for pres­i­dent in 2016, is in se­cond with 12.3 per­cent. For­mer U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Texan who re­cently lost a high-pro­file Se­nate race, also is polling fairly strongly at 6.3 per­cent de­spite not cur­rently be­ing in the race at this point.

Of the can­di­dates cur­rently in the race, U.S. Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia is pulling 7 per­cent, fol­lowed by Mas­sachusetts U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren at 5.5 per­cent. U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gil­li­brand, for­mer Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ju­lian Cas­tro and var­i­ous oth­ers bring up the rear of the cur­rent polling, ac­cord­ing to RCP. All but the New Yorker Gil­li­brand are beat­ing Klobuchar, though the Min­nesotan was un­known to many be­fore her an­nounce­ment.


A SNOWY DAY: Demo­cratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar ad­dresses a snowy rally Sun­day at Boom Is­land Park in Minneapolis, where she an­nounced she is en­ter­ing the race for pres­i­dent.

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