Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced at a rally in her home state on Feb. 10, that she is running for president.
“Let us cross the river of our divides and walk across our sturdy bridge to higher ground,” Klobuchar said at an outdoor event in Minneapolis where a large crowd stood in snowy, freezing conditions.
A sense of community “is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics,” she added. “We are all tired of the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding.”
The Minnesota Democrat added it was time “heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good.”
She also said she will “focus on getting things done” as president.
“Let me be blunt: For too long leaders in Washington have sat on the sidelines while others try to figure out what to do about the changing economy and its impact on our lives, what to do about the disruptive nature of new technologies, income inequality, the political and geographic divides, the changing climate, the tumult in our world,” she said. “For a moment, let’s stop seeing those obstacles as obstacles on our path. Did we view the snow as an obstacle? No, we did not. Let’s see those obstacles as our path.”
Supporters of Sen. Amy Klobuchar cheer before her announcement to run for president in Boom Park, Minneapolis, on Feb. 10, 2019. Glen Stubbe / Star Tribune via AP
Klobuchar, 58, is the latest senator to join what is becoming a crowded 2020 Democratic primary field of candidates looking to unseat President Donald Trump.
A former prosecutor, Klobuchar is looking to run on her legislative record in Congress, where she is known as a moderate who is willing to work with Republicans to achieve policy goals.
Klobuchar, who just won reelection to her third term in the Senate, has pursued legislative proposals that aim to promote social media advertising transparency and lower prescription drug prices and played a prominent role in the recently passed farm bill. She also supports a Democratic Green New Deal proposal to combat climate change.
In her remarks on Sunday, Klobuchar called for passing a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and passing legislation to automatically register people to vote when they turn 18.
The senator also has a record of electoral dominance in a state that is increasingly tilting closer to the middle. Klobuchar won re-election last year with over 60 percent of the vote in a state that has voted Democratic at the presidential level in every election since 1976 but only narrowly went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.