By Ginger Gibson (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is expected to enter the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. Klobuchar, 58, now in her third six-year term as a senator for Minnesota, will seek to position herself as a contrast to Trump, who is expected to be the Republican candidate in the November 2020 election, focusing on both policy differences but also style and tact. A former prosecutor and corporate attorney, Klobuchar joins a list of Democratic hopefuls that includes fellow Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Warren heads to Iowa to campaign on Sunday after formally launching her bid on Saturday. Booker is also spending the weekend in the Midwestern farm state. Klobuchar’s campaign announcement comes amid several news reports that staff in her Senate office were asked to do … [Read more...] about U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar expected to join widening presidential field
David Choi, provided by Published 8:51 pm CST, Friday, February 8, 2019 Drew Angerer/Getty Images Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is facing accusations of mistreatment from some of her staff, according to several news reports. Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is among the Democrats expected to run for president in the 2020 election. Klobuchar's alleged bouts of anger reportedly left some staffers in tears, according to a BuzzFeed News report.Several former staffers and emails say Klobuchar had a tendency to criticize employees harshly, which, according to news reports, dampened the overall mood in the office. The treatment of Klobuchar's staffers have made it difficult for the Democrat to hire employees for her presidential campaign, HuffPo reported. Days before she is expected to publicly announce whether she plans to run for president in the 2020 election, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is facing accusations of … [Read more...] about Accusations of mistreatment have reportedly made it difficult for Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar to staff up for potential 2020 presidential campaign
This will eventually be about Amy Klobuchar’s place in the Democratic presidential field, but let me start with a different presidential candidate from three cycles back. In a video, taken in 2003, Barack Obama, a mere Illinois state legislator starting a longshot bid for a U.S. Senate seat, said: I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we’ve got to take back the White House, we’ve got to take back the Senate, and we’ve got to take back the House. … [Read more...] about Is Amy Klobuchar a moderate?
In a piece on Monday, looking at the “electability” of the 101 Dalmatians who are (or might be) seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020, Minnesota’s senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, was dubbed “the queen” of electability. David Byler, whose Post byline calls him “data analyst and political columnist,” claims to have data (or at least one datum) to back this up. It’s not the main point of Byler’s piece, although the column is illustrated with a photo of Klobuchar. So the Klobuchar buzz will surely get a bump from it. This stuff is for the politically obsessed only. He took the margin by which each of the declared or publicly-mulling-a-bid candidates won their most recent election, and compares it with how Hillary Clinton did in the same state in her 2016 race against the current incumbent. Klobuchar was re-elected to the Senate in 2018 by a 24.1 percentage point margin, two years after Clinton carried Minnesota by just … [Read more...] about Why Amy Klobuchar has been dubbed ‘the queen’ of electability
By Eric Ting, SFGATE Published 8:01 am PST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 Betting odds to win the presidency as of January 22, 2019, according to OddsShark 1. President Donald Trump: +200Trump has far and away the best odds of any individual candidate, since oddsmakers are pretty sure he will lead the Republican ticket, but have no idea who will lead the Democratic ticket. less Betting odds to win the presidency as of January 22, 2019, according to OddsShark 1. President Donald Trump: +200 Trump has far and away the best odds of any individual candidate, since oddsmakers are pretty ... more Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 Betting odds to win the presidency as of January 22, 2019, according to … [Read more...] about 2020 betting odds: Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg soar, Bernie Sanders tumbles