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Klobuchar's Snowy Day

The Minnesota Democrat announced for president Sunday.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar addresses a snowy rally where she announced she is entering the race for president Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
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Kyle Trygstad
Feb. 11, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

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.

But if anyone with Klobuchar’s profile can maneuver in primary traffic like this, it’s the third-term Democrat known for her political instincts and criticized for her cautious approach.

-- Kyle Trygstad

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