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Local political expert weighs in on Klobuchar’s presidential bid

DULUTH, MN — It’s official. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar is a candidate in the 2020 presidential race.

Klobuchar’s announcement came Sunday at a snowy Boom Island State Park in Minneapolis with supporters, colleagues, friends and family in her corner.

“I stand before you as the granddaughter of an ironer-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,” Klobuchar said to the Minneapolis audience.

KBJR 6 met with local political expert Dr. Cindy Rugeley following Klobuchar’s announcement to break down what was said, and what it means for Klobuchar’s campaign moving forward.

“She’s in the part of her campaign now which is what I would call the spade work. She’s got to go out and she’s got to build legitimacy,” Dr. Rugeley, a political science professor at UMD, told KBJR 6. “She’s got to hold her ground, she’s got to go out and demonstrate that she can put on an organization, that she can run a campaign, that she can reach outside of Minnesota.”

“Amy understands that the Midwest is the beating heart of America and she is ready to take her work, not just from every corner of this state, but to every corner this country,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said to the Minneapolis audience.

“She’s got Minnesota behind her, and so who else will she get behind her?” Dr. Rugeley told KBJR 6.

“Did not America get a preview of Amy’s strengths during the Supreme Court hearings?” Sen. Tina Smith said to the Minneapolis audience.

“She really kind of established a presence by the way she handled herself during the Kavanaugh hearing,” Dr. Rugeley told KBJR 6. “She didn’t get rattled.”

“As she said, the constitution does say we the ruling party, it says we the people,” Sen. Smith said to the Minneapolis audience. “And that is Amy. That is Amy, the next president of United States.”

“She’s got Vice President Mondale behind her,” Dr. Rugeley told KBJR 6. “She’s got Governor Walz, who’s a popular figure and he’s a great campaigner.”

“We must win,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the Minneapolis audience. “We have to win this next election, and all Amy Klobuchar does is win.”

“She’s got Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, who is the highest ranking Native American in the country,” Dr. Rugeley told KBJR 6.

“We are going to ensure that everyone in this country knows what we know: That Amy is ready to serve, to bring us together, to work together to make sure that everyone in this country has an opportunity to thrive,” Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan said the Minneapolis audience.

“Does she stand a chance? I mean, if the election was held today, I don’t think Amy Klobuchar would win the primary, but I think that it’s early yet, and she’s got a lot going for her and she’ll get attention,” Dr. Rugeley told KBJR 6.

“Let’s join together as one nation, indivisible, under god, and pursue the good,” Sen. Klobuchar said, in closing, to the Minneapolis audience. “Thank you and god bless America.”

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