"What makes me unique is I did this announcement speech in the middle of a blizzard, and I think we need people with grit -- I have that grit," Klobuchar told CNN after her February announcement on the banks of the frozen
The comment was enough to provoke the president.
Trump wasn't Klobuchar's only intended audience; so were the voters of
Her platform includes a
But unlike many of her Democratic rivals, Klobuchar has declined to endorse free four-year college and single-payer healthcare. She has also voted with Trump more than any of her other Senate Democratic colleagues, 29% of the time.
Klobuchar, 59, grew up in
She graduated from
In 1995, it was the birth of their daughter, Abigail, that led Klobuchar into political activism. Abigail was born with a condition that made it impossible for her to swallow and required extended hospital stays.
Klobuchar's insurance company required her to leave the hospital while her daughter stayed behind, so she started working for legislation that would guarantee new mothers a 48-hour hospital stay. President
Klobuchar was elected prosecutor in
In 2006, Klobuchar became
Her legislation has included efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs, encourage female entrepreneurship, confront sexual harassment and human trafficking and protect online privacy. She cosponsored the Honest Ads Act, which would strengthen disclosure of online political ads.
She has also worked to cultivate a reputation as someone who can work across the aisle, having co-sponsored three bills with Republican senators to fight the opioid crisis. All have become law.
Klobuchar rose to national prominence earlier this year during a tense exchange in the
Klobuchar calmly responded she had not, adding: "When you have a parent that is an alcoholic, you are pretty careful about drinking."
The episode, and her frequent presence as a centrist voice on network television, has helped her raise about
Klobuchar's firm but "
Klobuchar has since acknowledged that she can be harsh to her staff at times.
"I know I can be tough," she told
-- Current or most recent position:
-- Other elected offices:
-- Occupation: Attorney.
-- Age: 59
-- Family: Husband
-- Campaign website: https://amyklobuchar.com/
-- Small donors:
-- Big donors: Dorsey & Whitney law firm
-- Fun fact: Her undergraduate senior thesis was "Uncovering the Dome," a history of the 10 years of politics surrounding the building of the now-dismantled Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in
-- On the issues: General issues: https://amyklobuchar.com/issues/; Plan to
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