Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces White House bid

Mon 2-11-2019

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says she's taking her campaign for president — and her Midwest sensibilities — directly to parts of the region Donald Trump won and that her party wants to recapture in 2020.

Klobuchar announced her bid Sunday during a snowy rally along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, where temperatures were well below freezing.

The three-term senator says her broad appeal in Minnesota could translate to other Midwestern states such as Wisconsin and Michigan, which have been reliably Democratic for decades but backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Klobuchar said she would travel next weekend to Iowa, home to the nation's first caucus. That trip will be followed by stops in Wisconsin, where Clinton was criticized in 2016 for not spending enough time.

Klobuchar says: "I'm going to be there a lot."

Klobuchar is dismissing reports that she is difficult to work for, saying she has high expectations for the people who work for her.

Klobuchar was asked Sunday about the reports of high staff turnover and the loss of potential staff for the presidential campaign she announced in Minneapolis.

Klobuchar says "I can be tough" and that "I can push people" and that she has staff who have worked for her for years and gone on to do other things. She says she also has high expectations for the country.

A survey of senators from 2001 to 2016 found that Klobuchar's office had the highest turnover in the Senate. A recent article portrayed her as a demanding manager who lost some potential 2020 campaign staff members because of her reputation.