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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Announces Run for President

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The barrier-breaking senator from California who aspires to be the nation's first black female president announced her candidacy on a day honoring slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Back in Minneapolis, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson joined Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on stage before Klobuchar's announcement Sunday to help introduce the candidate.

Klobuchar is expected to focus her early presidential campaign on Iowa, which borders Minnesota and holds the nation's first nominating contest in February 2020.

Ms Klobuchar dismissed reports that she is hard to work for, saying she has high expectations for the people who work for her.

Klobuchar now joins prominent Democratic figures who have announced presidential bids including Indian American Kamala Harris, New Jersey's Cory Booker, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren.

While numerous high-profile Democrats already in the race are in the progressive lane - liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren formally declared her candidacy Saturday - Klobuchar has quietly gained attention in Washington as a centrist.

The Minnesota Democrat appeared on major Sunday morning news shows nine times in 2018, according to data analyzed by Media Matters for America, a nonprofit organization that tracks guests on such shows. -Supporters of Democratic Sen.

Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, gained national attention for her intense line of questioning during Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court.

"By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!". "That's ordinary people doing extraordinary things", she said in her prepared remarks.

"Not unusual. It's the right way to get here", said Dale Peterson, of Minneapolis. I will tell you what I think.

The Huffington Post reported last week that Klobuchar's reputation had scared off three people from leading her presidential campaign.

"Courage is about whether or not you're willing to stand next to someone you don't always agree with for the betterment of this country", she wrote.

She said that Klobuchar's down-to-earth pragmatism that she compares to a neighbor bringing a dish to a local potluck makes her likable in the U.S. Senate, but she's not sure that that personality trait will benefit her in a national election.

Several big Democratic guns have yet to commit, including former vice president Joe Biden and senators Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown.

But her bipartisan approach may not stand her in such good stead in a party now dominated by the progressive left.

Her support in fighting climate change drew rebuttal from President Donald Trump, who has frequently questioned the worrisome trend. Amy Klobuchar's quintessentially Minnesotan announcement she wants to challenge him for the White House in 2020. She recently pushed for Senate investigations into whether Facebook broke the law when it resisted oversight on how Russians used its platform to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. "People need to get out there and demonstrate true leadership potential".

After working as a lawyer in a private firm, she became chief prosecutor for Hennepin, Minnesota's most populous county, in 1998.

Sunday, Klobuchar seemed to relish the underdog role.