Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has joined the Democratic Nominee Squad for 2020, which has an unprecedented number of women presidents.
The three-term senator, who is often described as "nice of Minnesota" in the midst of the rigors of politics, seeks to defeat Donald Trump's cheeky personality and his often vitriolic rhetoric.
Sunday afternoon, in heavy snowfall in Minneapolis, she said: "At the heart of our country at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy … I stand before you … as the first woman elected to the US Senate of Minnesota to announce my candidacy for the presidency of the United States. "
Klobuchar joined Sunday a group of people including several of his colleagues in the Senate, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as the Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.
Klobuchar, 59, is the sixth-ranked woman to enter the primary competition, which brings together a record number of women in the running for a major party nomination. She applied for an outdoor event in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon.
But in the midst of an optimistic launch at the White House, Klobuchar is under a cloud in the form of several reports late last week that former staff members have said the Democrat of Minnesota had a reputation for managing a workplace in Washington "controlled by fear, anger and shame," according to Buzzfeed.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, at least three people withdrew from the list to conduct their next election campaign, in part because of Klobuchar's mistreatment of his staff and "bursts of cruelty", although She is "loved" in her native country, so intelligent. funny and nice.
A spokesman for the Klobuchar campaign issued a statement that began: "Senator Klobuchar loves his staff" and defends his past as an employer.
Unlike some of his fellow senators, Klobuchar has kept a low profile in Washington. She is neither the progressive brandon of Warren, nor the vast social media that has turned Booker into a star.
Klobuchar is rather known as a soft-spoken decision maker who has quietly built a network of supporters, in contrast to some of the Democratic candidates who have embraced frontal confrontation with Trump.
The Democratic Party has been somewhat torn as to whether candidates should try to adapt Trump's intimidation tactics or rely on Michelle Obama's 2016 opinion: "When they go low, we let's go high. "
Klobuchar suggested finding common ground by stating, "I do not agree with," when they go low, we go down, "but I agree that when they go low, we have to react. "
Elected to the Senate in 2006, Klobuchar was previously Chief Prosecutor of the most populous county of Minnesota. Democrats believe that she would be particularly well placed to seduce independent and moderate Republicans, even if it is difficult to determine whether a centrist figure could survive a primary that will be determined by a progressive and bustling foundation.
Klobuchar, unlike other senators who ran for Democratic Party nomination, did not approve of Medicare-for-All, the single-payer health care proposal championed by Bernie Sanders. It supports legislation on the affordability of universities, but has not called for free tuition fees.
Questions also arose as to whether Klobuchar's temperament, both moderate and moderate, was true behind closed doors. An online portal retracing Capitol Hill's offices, nicknamed "Worst Bosses?", Revealed that the senator was experiencing the highest annual staff turnover in the Senate.
But the full statement from Klobuchar's office in response to reports that she was very critical of the staff, especially in emails from the early hours when staff reported that they were disguised, with colleagues included in the reports. emails, challenged the characterization.
"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff – that's why she has arrived where she is today. She has many staff members who have been following her for years – including her chief of staff and state director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor, Justin Buoen, who worked for her for 14 years. for years – and many have continued to do amazing things, ranging from working in the Obama administration (more than 20 of them) to run for office or even to the position of commissioner for the Minnesota agriculture, "said a campaign spokesperson in the statement." She is proud of them and the work they've done for Minnesota. "
On an icy day in Minnesota on Sunday, Klobuchar launched his campaign in front of a crowd of enthusiastic and warmly dressed supporters, sipping hot chocolate and eating the cookies provided.