And she said that on first day as president, she would have the USA rejoin an global climate agreement that Trump has withdrawn from.
Klobuchar's desire to run as a Minnesotan and Midwesterner was on full display Sunday as snow blanketed the ground for her outdoor announcement.
She is known for putting partisanship aside to pass legislation, something that has earned her a devoted following in Minnesota, and something American voters regularly tell pollsters they want.
"Her moderation and common-sense approach appeals to Clay County voters", said DFL state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, who knows a thing or two about moderation and common sense.
The 58-year-old enters an increasingly crowded field of Democrats competing to challenge President Donald Trump.
Klobuchar joins four of her fellow Senators already in the race-Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker-with at least three other colleagues mulling over a run: Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and others joined Klobuchar at the event, her campaign said.
She won praise for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorney general nominee William Barr during recent confirmation hearings.
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While she did not mention President Donald Trump by name, she said the country is exhausted of what she called "foreign policy by tweet" and said Americans are "worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. He saved money in a coffee can in the basement to send my dad to college", she said. I will tell you what I think.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who acknowledged she "can be tough" with her staff after reports she mistreats people working for her, can get tough with the president, too. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Sunday launched her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on a Mississippi River bank, promising a crowd braving the cold and snow that she will "lead from the heart" and fight to move the country away from "the petty and vicious nature of our politics".
President Donald Trump appeared to have watched the speech, noting on Twitter that Klobuchar had talked about climate change.
In her speech, Klobuchar also took a swipe at officials in Washington, promising that her honesty will set her apart from them.
She has been measured in her criticism of Trump, attacking the effects of his trade tariffs on farmers but avoiding more explosive issues like immigration and gun control.
Klobuchar won re-election for her third Senate term last November with more than 60 percent of the vote over her opponent Jim Newberger. "I don't feel like she's the kind of person that's going to get people super excited at a rally".
Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, a Republican, once called Klobuchar "the great avoider". But she did bemoan the conduct of "foreign policy by tweet" and said Americans must "stop the fear-mongering and stop the hate".
Her status as a neighbor to the first state to cast ballots in 2020 may be beneficial, as Klobuchar clearly suggested in her speech Sunday.
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