|U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Announces Her Candidacy in a Snowstorm
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"Let’s stop seeing those obstacles as obstacles on our path. Did we view the snow as an obstacle? No we did not. Let’s see those obstacles as our path."
| Feb. 10, 2019 -
Emphasizing her roots in Middle America, U.S. Sen. Amy
Klobuchar announced her candidacy in the middle of a
snow storm at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River
in Minneapolis, MN." Klobuchar termed her campaign "a
homegrown one" stating, "I don’t have a political
machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is
this: I have grit." After introductory remarks from
several mayors, fellow Sen. Tina Smith, Lt. Gov. Peggy
Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz, Klobuchar spoke for a bit
more than 23 minutes as snow continued to fall. She
touched on themes ranging from democracy, climate change
and the digital revolution to health care, criminal
justice reform, and common sense gun legislation.
Klobuchar stated, "The obstacles that they’re throwing
at us with big money and limits on voting, they’re
obstacles but they’re also our path. They are how, as
Paul Wellstone would tell us, they are how we organize."
"Our nation, our nation must be governed not from chaos
but from opportunity. Not by wallowing over what’s
wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what’s right.
And it has to start with all of us," Klobuchar declared.
Klobucher joins eight other nationally known candidates
and two exploratory candidates who have announced for
the Democratic nomination. These include four of her
Senate colleagues—Harris (CA), Booker (NJ) and Warren
(MA) as well as Gillibrand (NY), one of the exploratory
candidates. More candidates are expected to enter
the race in the coming weeks and months.
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