In political news, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar both formally launched their presidential campaigns over the weekend. There are now an unprecedented six women seeking the Democratic nomination. Klobuchar launched her campaign Sunday with an outdoor rally in Minneapolis during a heavy snowstorm.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit.”
In her announcement speech, Klobuchar said she would tackle climate change, gun control and money in politics. A third-term senator, Klobuchar is viewed as one of the more centrist Democrats to enter the 2020 race. She is a former prosecutor known for her “tough on crime” track record, including stricter sentencing, in particular for drug offenders. More recently, Klobuchar came into the spotlight after a tense exchange with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. After the senator asked Kavanaugh if he ever drank so much that he blacked out, he snapped back, “Have you?”