Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Dems' 2020 field now includes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Race for the White House: Midwestern senator throws her hat in the ring Latest Democrat to Go After Trump in 2020: Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Deanna Wagner | 11 February, 2019, 21:27

While she did not mention President Donald Trump by name, she said the country is exhausted of what she called "foreign policy by tweet" and said Americans are "worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics". She said the country's "sense of community is fracturing" today, "worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics".

Klobuchar, 58, did not deny the accusations that she is a demanding and cruel boss, but instead said "I love our staff" after multiple former staffers painted her in a light far from her kind and laid-back persona. "That's the challenge Amy Klobuchar faces especially with Democratic activists in the primary", said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist based in Boston.

She told a crowd of thousands of supporters standing through a blizzard that she was ready to launch her candidacy with a focus on the heartland. "Our fight is for big structural change".

He and his father, Dave Brave Heart, took a break from their cribbage game at the Coffee Hag to express their support for the senator.

"It made me chuckle, frankly, and roll my eyes", Navarro said.

"I cried. I cried, like, all the time", one unnamed staffer told BuzzFeed News.

Klobuchar stressed to backers through a steady stream of snowflakes-which obscured the Minneapolis skyline just across the Mississippi River that acted as a backdrop for the announcement-that she wanted to end the pettiness and gridlock in Washington. She testified before the state legislature, urging the 48-hour standard. As many as a dozen other Democrats have announced campaigns or are considering joining the race.

From left: U.S. Sen. He wrote that Klobuchar talked proudly "of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures". John Bessler grew up in Mankato and his parents are Bill and Marilyn Bessler, who both taught at Minnesota State University.

Klobuchar, who plans to make an announcement about a potential presidential bid on Sunday in Minneapolis, has spent the past several months positioning herself to run for president. They also reported high levels of turnover among Klobuchar staff as compared to other senators.

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"She's been a real positive influence on our family", said Marilyn Bessler.

'She has many staff who have been with her for years - including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively - and many who have gone on to do awesome things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota.

"This isn't a person who's seeking power", he said Sunday. "I don't come from money, but what I do have is this - I have grit".

Across town at the Fillin' Station Coffee House, Lynn Rozen of Mankato also describes Klobuchar as relatable and honest.

In a thinly-veiled attack on the president, Klobuchar also declared that the US deserves more than "foreign policy by tweet" and warned that the country's sense of community is being undermined "by the petty and vicious nature of our politics".

"I have mixed feelings about her chances", Rozen said.

It is this approach that has given her a reputation for being "Minnesota nice" - but it also, in her early years, reportedly earned her the unflattering nickname "Cotton Candy Amy" in some circles.

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 hard for her to hire high-level campaign strategists.

Here's what elected officials, political leaders and others are saying about the news.