US Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar enters presidential race

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Democrat Amy Klobuchar joined the 2020 White House race Sunday, adding a pragmatic voice from the heartland state of Minnesota to an ever-growing field of contenders hoping to unseat US President Donald Trump.

Klobuchar, a lawyer and the former prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, raised her national profile during a Senate Judiciary Committee last fall for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both in high school.

The president took to Twitter Sunday to acknowledge Klobuchar's entry into the presidential race.

A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll conducted by Selzer & Company in December found that Klobuchar was largely unfamiliar to likely Iowa caucus-goers, with 54 per cent saying they didn't know enough about her to have an opinion, while 38 per cent had a favourable opinion and 8 per cent had an unfavourable opinion.

"I am a Republican, and I love Amy", said Shelly Plunkett, who lives in Minneapolis. "Correct. To me, it showed a strength and a grit and a visual that stood her up against Trump right there and set her apart".

Before Klobuchar, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren anchored her campaign for the 2020 Presidential elections from the backdrop of Everett Mills in Lawrence city of MA on Saturday.

In the tweet, Trump said the senator looked like a "Snowman (woman)" because she was standing in a "virtual blizzard". "In fact, he may not even be a free person". She was the first female to represent Minnesota in the United States Senate. She also supports a Democratic Green New Deal proposal to combat climate change.

It is this approach that has given her a reputation for being "Minnesota nice" - but it also, in her early years, reportedly earned her the unflattering nickname "Cotton Candy Amy" in some circles. She testified before the state legislature, urging the 48-hour standard.

Event attendee Karissa Pecinovsky said she's wanted Klobuchar to run for president since 2016 and that Klobuchar's ideas line up with hers.

Klobuchar, who easily won a third-term past year, is the most prominent candidate from the Midwest to enter the race.

She offers a steady, sensible political outlook that could attract the majority of Democratic voters who are more interested in electability than ideological purity.

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She often reminds people her grandfather worked in the underground mines in Ely.

Ms Klobuchar has become a fashionable pick as a "dark horse" candidate. The party's internal primaries start at the beginning of 2020 in Iowa.

Ugghhhh... it's going to be a loooooooooong two years...

She never mentioned President Trump by name, but said she would not conduct "foreign policy by tweet".

It was a festive atmosphere on a cold and snowy day in Minneapolis as an exuberant crowd for Ms Klobuchar's announcement at Boom Island Park, with the city's skyline in the background, for her campaign kick-off on Sunday afternoon.

Media captionKlobuchar asks Barr about obstruction What are her views?

To this, Klobuchar replied, "Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump".

Klobuchar has secured the support of several key Minnesota Democratic politicians ahead of her announcement.

But her bipartisan approach may not stand her in such good stead in a party now dominated by the progressive left.

Not everyone at the event was supportive of a Klobuchar presidential run. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. "Today, on this snowy island, we say enough is enough", she continued.

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