She is the first Democrat from the state to announce a presidential run since former Walter Mondale got in the race in February, 1983.
"We are exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding", Klobuchar told the crowd gathered at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River, as snow gathered on her hair and shoulders.
Next week, Klobuchar will begin a multi-state tour with stops to Wisconsin and Iowa, according to a press release.
Klobuchar, 58, now in her third six-year term as a senator for Minnesota, will seek to position herself as a contrast to Trump, who is expected to be the Republican candidate in the November 2020 election, focusing on both policy differences but also style and tact. Klobuchar is the fourth Democratic senator to announce a bid for the White House, following Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA.
An affluent Maryland businessman who served three terms in Congress, Delaney was the earliest Democrat to officially launch a bid, back in July 2017.
Democrats are trying to win back voters in the Midwest, a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House, and Minnesota Sen. Her highest-profile moment was during the U.S. Supreme Court nomination hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, when she and Kavanaugh got into a brief exchange about excessive drinking. Klobuchar's announcement came a day after Sen.
"They deserve better than foreign policy by tweet", she said. "Not by wallowing over what's wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what's right", the Senator said. Klobuchar's reputation has also allegedly made it hard to recruit aides for her campaign.
President Donald Trump appeared to have watched the speech, noting on Twitter that Klobuchar had talked about climate change. "Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues)".
In a year when many Democrats say their top priority in a candidate is an ability to defeat Trump, Klobuchar's words seemed - time after time, issue by issue - to target the president. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced she is entering the race for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis.
Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar returned to her home state after attending Yale University and getting her law degree at the University of Chicago. "Certainly leaning to the left, but not as far left as a Kamala Harris or a Bernie Sanders or others who are in the race or likely to be in the race". She declined to say whether she blamed her opponents for the negative headlines.
She's a prolific legislator; in 2016, she was ranked as the Senator who has successfully passed the most bills.
After working as a lawyer in a private firm, she became chief prosecutor for Hennepin, Minnesota's most populous county, in 1998. Eight of Klobuchar's nine appearances on the Sunday shows in 2018 occurred in the last nine months. "I was leading the ticket, and I believe you need people that will go not just where it's comfortable, but where it's uncomfortable and be willing to work with other people that you don't always agree with for the betterment of this country".