Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign announcement in a snowstorm Sunday came exactly 12 years after another senator from an Iowa-neighboring state launched his bid on an equally frigid day: President Obama.
Obama entered a race led by a juggernaut and Senate colleague in Hillary Clinton and featuring a former vice presidential nominee running on economic inequality in John Edwards. He ran on moving beyond cynical partisanship and as a bridge to a new generation, after serving just two years in the Senate.
Klobuchar, who was elected to the Senate three months before Obama’s announcement, is running as a no-nonsense pragmatist deeply connected to the heartland and with a record of electoral dominance that proves she can defeat President Trump.
She’ll have a far more complicated path to the nomination than Obama. The field is already packed with women senators and could include a former vice president and a senator from Ohio, providing options for voters across the ideological lanes.
-- Kyle Trygstad