Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota has joined the crowded field of democratic candidates for 2020, including a historic number of women seeking the presidency.
The senator of three terms, which is often characterized as & # 39; Minnesota nice & # 39; amidst the rugged turn of politics, wants to be a sign for the brash personality of Donald Trump and the often vicious rhetoric.
She was in dense snow in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon and declared, "In the heart of our nation, at a time when we need to heal the heart of our democracy … I stand before you … as the first woman from Minnesota to US Senate announce my candidacy for President of the United States. "
On Sunday, Klobuchar joined a crowded field with a number of her Senate colleagues, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as the former mayor of San Antonio Julián. Castro and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.
Klobuchar, 59, is the sixth prominent woman to enter the primary race, with a record number of women competing for a nomination for a big party. She launched her candidacy at an outdoor event in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon.
But amidst a cheerful launch for the White House, this weekend there is a cloud over Klobuchar in the form of multiple reports late last week, in which former executives claim that the Minnesota Democrat has a reputation for running a workplace in Washington "controlled by fear, anger and shame", says Buzzfeed.
A report in the Huffington Post said that at least three people withdrew from consideration to lead her upcoming campaign – in part because of Klobuchar's history of abusing her staff and "outbursts of cruelty", despite being "loved" in her home state as smart, funny and handsome.
A spokesperson for the Klobuchar campaign made a statement that began: "Senator Klobuchar loves her staff" and defends her reputation as an employer.
Unlike some of her fellow senators, Klobuchar has kept a low profile in Washington. She is neither the progressive fire brand that Warren is nor has the enormous social media that Booker transformed into a star.
Klobuchar is instead known as a gentle policymaker who has quietly built up a network of supporters, in contrast to some of the democratic contenders who have embraced the confrontation with Trump.
The Democratic party is somewhat torn about whether candidates should try to match Trump's pest tactics or fall back on Michelle Obama's advice in 2016: "If they get low, we'll go high."
Klobuchar suggested that she would forge a middle way and said, "I do not agree," when they go low, we go down, "but I agree that when they go low. , we have to respond. & # 39;
Klobuchar was elected senate in 2006 and was previously the chief prosecutor of Minnesota's most populous province. Democrats believe that they are in a unique position to appeal to independents and moderate republicans, although it is still unclear whether a centrist figure would survive a primate that will be determined by an animated progressive base.
Klobuchar, unlike a number of other senators who are candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination, Medicare-for-All, has not endorsed the proposal for health care for individual payers, which is defended by Bernie Sanders. It supports legislation on the affordability of a university, but has not asked for tuition without debt.
Questions have also dwelt on the question whether Klobuchar's temperament is as gentle and subdued behind closed doors. An online portal that looked at Capitol Hill offices, called Worst Bosses? Discovered that the senator had the highest annual staff turnover in the senate.
But the full statement from the office of Klobuchar in response to reports of her sharp criticism of the staff, especially in the early hours e-mails where the staff reported that they were dressed, with colleagues recorded in the e-mails , disputed the characterization.
"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff – they are the reason she has become where she is now – and she has many employees who have been with her for years – including her chief of staff and her head of state, who have worked for her 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years – years – and many who have done great things, from working in the Obama administration (more than 20 of them) until taking office for a position to even agriculture commissioner for Minnesota, "said a campaign spokesperson in the statement. "She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota."
On a frigid day in Minnesota on Sunday, Klobuchar launched its campaign for an enthusiastic and warmly dressed crowd of followers sipping hot chocolate and chewing on the cookies provided.