Sen. Klobuchar Enters 2020 Presidential Race

By Cam Bonelli

In the midst of snowfall to a crowd of people gathered at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Sunday afternoon.

“We don’t let a little snow stop us,” Klobuchar said. “We don’t let a little cold stop us.”

Klobuchar said the country is tired of shutdowns and showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding.

“Today, on this snowy day on this island, we say enough is enough,” she 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, and it has to start with all of us.”

Klobuchar said the nation is in a time when we must heal the heart of democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, and she believes she can help lead the country through this time.

“I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaper man, 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.

She said she is running for this job for every person who wants their work recognized and rewarded.

“I am running for every parent who wants a better world for their kids,” Klobuchar said. “I’m running for every student who wants a good education, for every senior who wants affordable prescription drugs, for every worker, farmer, dreamer and builder. I am running for every American. I am running for you.”

Klobuchar, 58, who won her third term in the U.S. Senate this past November with approximately 60.3 percent of the vote, is the fifth U.S. Congress woman to announce her candidacy for the 2020 presidency. Litchfield and area residents responded to social media with mixed feelings about Klobuchar’s announcement. Some were positive to the senator’s announcement.

“I hope she gets a chance to go toe to toe with Trump,” wrote Michael Zielgler.

Janine Grohler wrote that Klobuchar is probably not the ideal candidate for the super-progressive wing of the Democratic party, however she has great appeal for centrist Democrats and sane Republicans.

“She is thoughtful, hardworking and very smart,” Groehler wrote. “I think she is who our country needs at this moment as we need someone who can bring us together and provide much-needed leadership.”

Steve Mace, a Litchfield veteran, wrote that he was a loyal member to the Democratic Party for 45 years, but flipped in the last two elections because he felt the Democrats failed in multiple ways to serve constituents.

“Even though I went Republican, I voted for Amy for our Senator,” Mace wrote. “To me she is a reflection of the old-school morals and values we had here in America at one time.”

Other responses were not so favorable toward the Minnesota Democrat.

Jon Knowles of Litchfield wrote that she is lazy and arrogant and feels entitled to power.

“We should investigate every person seeking public office as thoroughly as we have investigated Trump,” Knowles wrote.

Wendy Thoen wrote that she can’t wait to see what nickname President Donald Trump gives her.

Jay Berggren of Litchfield wrote, “absolutely not!”

Klobuchar will begin her multi-state tour this weekend, including stops in Wisconsin and Iowa with additional travel to be announced in the coming days.

This article provided by NewsEdge.