Klobuchar: Here's What I'd Do on Day 1

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's running for president
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2019 3:21 PM CST
A New Candidate Emerges
Amy Klobuchar supporters cheer as a DJ takes the stage before Sen. Amy Klobuchar's announcement announcement to run for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from a snowy Boom Park, in Minneapolis.   (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar 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, the AP reports. "For every American, I'm running for you," she told an exuberant crowd gathered on a freezing, 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 said.

Klobuchar, 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 fear-mongering and stop the hate. ... We all live in the same country of shared dreams." And she said that on first day as president, she would have the US rejoin an international climate agreement that Trump has withdrawn from. She spoke of the need to "heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good." Asserting Midwestern values, she told a crowd warmed by hot chocolate, apple cider, heat lamps, and bonfires: "I don't have a political machine. I don't come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit."

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