Na­tion: Klobuchar to make pres­i­den­tial run.

The Mercury News - - Front Page - By Chelsea Janes and Matt Viser

MINNEAPOLIS >> Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Min­nesota an­nounced Sun­day that she will run for pres­i­dent in 2020, putting a prag­matic Mid­west­erner tout­ing a mes­sage of com­pe­tence and met­tle into the bur­geon­ing field of Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

Klobuchar held her an­nounce­ment rally at a park on the banks of the Mis­sis­sippi River, near the site of the 2007 col­lapse of the In­ter­state 35W bridge, in which 13 peo­ple were killed and scores more were in­jured.

The bridge was quickly re­built in 2008, af­ter politi­cians and of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the sen­a­tor, came to­gether to ex­pe­dite the con­struc­tion process. The in­tended take­away of its role as the emo­tional heart of her speech: Klobuchar is some­one who will get things done.

“That sense of com­mu­nity is frac­tur­ing across our na­tion right now, worn down by the petty and vi­cious na­ture of our pol­i­tics,” Klobuchar said. “We are all tired of the shut­downs and the show­downs, the grid­lock and the grand­stand­ing. Our na­tion must be gov­erned not from chaos but from op­por­tu­nity. Not by wal­low­ing over what’s wrong, but by march­ing in­ex­orably toward what’s right. And it has to start with all of us.”

Pres­i­den­tial an­nounce­ments are typ­i­cally chore­ographed to the se­cond, with all ex­i­gen­cies cov­ered. In Klobuchar’s case, her en­try into the race came at an out­door event at which the bare­headed can­di­date, her in­tro­duc­tory speak­ers and hun­dreds of sup­port­ers were pelted by re­lent­less snow. She sought to use that, too, as defin­ing her can­di­dacy.

“We don’t let a lit­tle snow stop us! We don’t let a lot of cold stop us!” Klobuchar said as she started her speech.

Later, speak­ing to re­porters, she noted that she made her an­nounce­ment “in the mid­dle of a bl­iz­zard, and I think we need peo­ple with grit. I have that grit.”

When a re­porter asked whether she was tough enough to take on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, she replied: “I’d have loved to see him sit­ting out here in the snow for an hour, giv­ing this speech.”

The pres­i­dent com­mented on Klobuchar’s an­nounce­ment via Twit­ter:

“Amy Klobuchar an­nounced that she is run­ning for Pres­i­dent, talk­ing proudly of fight­ing global warm­ing while stand­ing in a vir­tual bl­iz­zard of snow, ice and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures,” he tweeted. “Bad tim­ing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snow­man(woman)!”

In re­sponse, the sen­a­tor tweeted: “Sci­ence is on my side, @re­alDon­aldTrump. Look­ing for­ward to debating you about cli­mate change (and many other is­sues). And I won­der how your hair would fare in a bl­iz­zard?”

The sprawl­ing field Klobuchar joined Sun­day in­cludes four Demo­cratic se­na­tors — El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, Ka­mala Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia, Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Other se­na­tors, in­clud­ing Sher­rod Brown, D-Ohio, and the 2016 run­ner-up to the nom­i­na­tion, Bernie San­ders, I-Vt., are con­sid­er­ing bids.

Klobuchar aimed to dis­tin­guish her­self with a Mid­west­ern earnest­ness, as she made clear in her speech.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., greets sup­port­ers with her hus­band, John Bessler, left, and daugh­ter Abi­gail Bessler af­ter an­nounc­ing her pres­i­den­tial bid Sun­day in a cold and snowy Minneapolis.

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