MINNEAPOLIS, MN– Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota officially announced her candidacy for the 2020 race for president on Sunday.
Klobuchar took the stage at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon with many supporters joining her including the Mayors of Minneapolis, Duluth, and Moorhead.
Democratic Senator Tina Smith spoke on her long-time friend and now colleague calling her “the next President of the United States.”
Klobuchar was introduced by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan who threw their support behind the three-term senator.
Klobuchar is the most prominent candidate from the Midwest as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped fuel Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.
Klobuchar has promoted her broad appeal across Minnesota, noting she’s earned support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won.
But she’d face stiff challenges in a field that includes better-known candidates with the ability to raise huge amounts of money.
A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, Preya Samsundar responded to Klobuchar’s announcement writing,
“Despite spending months vowing to serve her third term in full if re-elected, Amy Klobuchar has broken that promise just four months later in favor of her own personal ambition. With today’s announcement, Klobuchar has shown her true colors to the people of Minnesota as another out-of-touch Democrat looking to push the failed policies of her party onto the American people.”