Dems’ 2020 field now in­cludes Min­nesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Texarkana Gazette - - FROM PAGE ONE -

MINNEAPOLIS— Min­nesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sun­day joined the grow­ing group of Democrats jostling to be pres­i­dent and po­si­tioned her­self as the most prom­i­nent Mid­west­ern can­di­date in the field, as her party tries to win back vot­ers in a re­gion that helped put Don­ald Trump in the White House.

“For ev­ery Amer­i­can, I’m run­ning for you,” she told an ex­u­ber­ant crowd gath­ered on a freez­ing, snowy af­ter­noon at a park along the Mis­sis­sippi River with the Minneapolis sky­line in the back­ground.

“And 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,” the three-term sen­a­tor said.

Klobuchar, who has prided her­self for achiev­ing re­sults through bi­par­ti­san co­op­er­a­tion, did not ut­ter Trump’s name dur­ing her kick­off speech. But she did be­moan the con­duct of “for­eign pol­icy by tweet” and said Amer­i­cans must “stop the fear-mon­ger­ing and stop the hate. … We all live in the same coun­try of shared dreams.” And she said that on first day as pres­i­dent, she would have the U.S. re­join an in­ter­na­tional cli­mate agree­ment that Trump has with­drawn from.

Trump re­sponded to Klobuchar’s an­nounce­ment with a tweet mock­ing her stance on global warm­ing, a phe­nom­e­non he has dis­puted in the past. He wrote that Klobuchar 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)!” Trump of­ten over­looks ev­i­dence of record global warm­ing and con­flates cold spells and other in­ci­dents of weather with cli­mate, which is longterm.

Klobuchar also spoke of the need to “heal the heart of our democ­racy and re­new our com­mit­ment to the com­mon good.”

As­sert­ing Mid­west­ern val­ues, she told a crowd warmed by hot choco­late, ap­ple cider, heat lamps and bon­fires: “I don’t have a po­lit­i­cal ma­chine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit.”

The list of Democrats al­ready in the race fea­tures sev­eral bet­ter-known se­na­tors with the abil­ity to raise huge amounts of money—El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, Ka­mala Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York.

The field soon could ex­pand to in­clude prom­i­nent Democrats such as for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den of Delaware and Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders.

As­so­ci­ated Press

■ Vol­un­teers Tim Schu­mann, left, and Chase Cush­man move an “Amy for Amer­ica” sign into place Sun­day prior to Demo­cratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s an­nounce­ment of her de­ci­sion in the race for pres­i­dent at a rally in Minneapolis.

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