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Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar announces 2020 presidential bid

IANS  |  Washington 

Democrat has announced her presidential bid at a snowy, outdoor event, vaulting the three-term from into the crowded field of party candidates angling to take on in 2020.

Klobuchar, with snow piling up around her and blanketing the thousands of people before her, on Sunday cast herself as the product of working-class roots who can win bipartisan support and help Democrats win back the Midwestern cities and towns that drifted toward Trump in 2016, reported.

Throughout her speech in Minneapolis, she pledged to take on issues like money in politics, climate change and election reform and leaned heavily into her roots.

"On an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi, in our nation's heartland, at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a and a newspaperman, the first woman elected to the US Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for of the Us," Klobuchar said.

"I'm asking you to join us on this campaign. It's a homegrown one.

"I don't have a political machine. I don't come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit."

In her speech, Klobuchar also took a swipe at officials in Washington, promising that her honesty will set her apart from them.

The also went after Trump without mentioning him by name, criticising the President's foreign policy and use of

"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."

Due to freezing temperatures, Klobuchar's team handed out hot cocoa and apple cider to the audience. Volunteers handed out small American flags and packs of Little Hotties hand warmers as people entered the park, reported.

Klobuchar will follow her event in with a trip to and next weekend and then another trip to on February 21.

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar returned to her home state after attending and getting her at

She began her career in private practice before being elected narrowly as in 1998. She was re-elected with no competition in 2002.

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

and former will announce his candidacy soon.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 09:52 IST