Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is teasing a big announcement in Minneapolis on Sunday where she’ll divulge her decision about running for president next year as Beto O’Rourke said he’d decide on a 2020 bid by the end of the month.
Klobuchar said she’ll make the pronouncement on Boom Island, a Minneapolis park on the Mississippi River, ‘as in Boom Island ‘Drop the mic.”
‘It’s going to be a little cold – 20 degrees – wear warm clothes maybe have little heat warmers with you but then you’ll find out my decision,’ she told MSNBC Tuesday night after President
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is teasing a big announcement in Minneapolis on Sunday where she’ll divulge her decision about running for president
‘It’s going to be a little cold – 20 degrees – wear warm clothes maybe have little heat warmers with you but then you’ll find out my decision,’ Sen. Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow
The senator also teased her announcement on Twitter
She also teased her announcement on Twitter, posting: ‘I’m making a big announcement on Sunday’ with a link to her
The forecast for Sunday in Minneapolis is 18 degrees. The senator promised hot cocoa for supporters.
‘We’re going to have hot chocolate, camp fires, so be there,’ she told MSNBC.
It’s the latest sign the Minnesota senator is tossing her hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
She’ll be in the early caucus state of Iowa on February 21 to headline the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet,
Klobuchar, 58, was a local prosecutor and county attorney before she ran for the Senate in 2006.
She’s in her third term and garnered national attention recently for her interactions with two men: her questioning of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and her statement on Al Franken, her then fellow senator from Minnesota who was revealed to have touched women inappropriately during his ‘Saturday Night Live’ days.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (left) in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing with Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Chris Coons, (seated right), Sen. Cory Booker (top left), Sen. Kamala Harris (top center), and Sen Richard Blumenthal (top right)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar with Vice President Joe Biden, then-Senator Al Franken and former Vice President Walter Mondale
During Kavanaugh’s contentious hearing, she patiently questioned him on his alcohol use.
She noted that her father had long battled alcoholism and used that to ease into her questioning about the nominee’s alleged drinking.
Kavanaugh lost his temper when she probed him as to whether he had ever drank to the point of blacking out, asking the senator if she had a drinking problem.
‘I have no drinking problem, Judge,’ she said.
‘Yeah, nor do I,’ he snapped back. He later apologized to her for his comments.
As for Franken, when the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior came out November 2017, Klobuchar condemned his actions but did not call on him to resign.
She, instead, spoke with him privately. Her name was conspicuously absent in a coordinated effort among her female colleagues, who called for Franken to step down rapidly, one after another.
‘I had condemned his conduct early on when the first allegation was made,’ she told CNN at the time.’ ‘I felt I was in a different role as his colleague, that I’m someone that has worked with him for a long time, there’s a lot of trust there, and I felt it was best to handle it in that way.’
If Klobuchar runs she join several of her Senate colleagues in the Democratic primary: Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris have all already announced bids.
ALSO RUNNING: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are also running
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard round out the five women running
She’ll be the fifth woman in the campaign (Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has also announced her bid), an increasingly diverse field that includes two African American candidates – Harris and Booker – an opening gay candidate with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, a Hispanic.
She would be the first candidate from the Midwest, which is the home to several battleground states including Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
And the field of contenders may grow.
Besides O’Rourke, some big names that have to announce their 2020 plans include former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
O’Rourke, in particular, could be a wildcard contender who shakes up the race if he decides to make a run for the nomination.
Beto O’Rourke said he’ll decide on a presidential bid by the end of the month
Beto O’Rourke told Oprah Winfrey that he felt a ‘profound disappointment’ after he let so many supporters down by losing in 2018
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday played down speculation he was considering a 2020 bid
The 46-year-old former congressman became a national sensation when tried to defeat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He raked in $80 million dollars and built an extensive donor list in addition to firing up the party’s base.
‘The serious answer is really soon. Before the end of this month,’ he said.
O’Rourke also told the queen of confessions that he felt a ‘profound disappointment’ after he let so many supporters down by losing to the Republican senator in November.
He confirmed he spoke with former President Barack Obama about a bid but told Winfrey that Obama advised him to think about the presidential nomination process and how it would affect his family. O’Rourke has three school-aged children with his wife Amy.
‘Even saying these words, it’s hard to believe that I met with Barack Obama and I’m saying it to Oprah Winfrey,’ he said.
He has done little to prepare a national infrastructure to support a campaign should he make the move. He drove the Southwest area alone after his defeat and posted an occasional blog about the experience.
But given the enthusiasm among Democrats, a campaign staff would likely come together quickly.
And then there are a few candidates who have removed themselves from contention for the nomination to take on Trump.
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday played down speculation he was considering a bid.
‘I don’t think so,’ he said on CNN when asked about the 2020 race. ‘I never say never, but at this point in time I don’t think I’m going to do it.’
He added: ‘There are a lot of candidates in the race. The field’s getting filled up. I think the Democrats have a lot of great candidates. You never say never because you don’t know how things will work out. I feel comfortable that the people are going to get in this race, each and every one of them are better than what President Trump is offering us for the country right now.’