Sen. Amy Klobuchar entered the 2020 presidential race by announcing her candidacy on the banks of the Mississippi River in the snow.
“I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the State of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for President of the United States,” Klobuchar said.
“But that sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. We are all tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding,” Klobuchar said.
“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. That’s got to start with all of us.”
“We need to stand strong — and consistently — with our allies. We need to be clear in our purpose. We must respect our front line troops, diplomats and intelligence officers… who are out there every day risking their lives for us…they deserve better than foreign policy by tweet.”
“I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit.,” Klobuchar said. She wasn’t even wearing gloves or use a teleprompter. That was truly grit. That’s why her announcement in Boom Island Park in near white-out snow works. It was a different kind of roll-out. I have to say it was good.
Klobuchar made a strong case to voters in the upper Midwest and among white population that Democrats need to beat Donald Trump.
Klobuchar’s announcement comes one day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally entered the race. They join Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and others.