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Sen. Klobuchar enters 2020 presidential race.

Byline: Sara Burnett Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota 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 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, 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 fearmongering and stop the hate." And she said that on her first day as president, she would have the United States rejoin an international climate agreement that Trump has withdrawn from.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. Conflating weather with climate, which is long-term, Trump 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)!"

In her election last year in an increasingly purple state, Klobuchar drew support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas -- including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016. She has said that success could translate to Midwestern states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, for decades Democratic strongholds in presidential races until Trump's victory.

The Democratic field includes several better-known senators -- Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York -- and may soon expand to include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Geographic Code:1U4MN
Date:Feb 11, 2019
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