Klobuchar pledges to ‘lead from the heart’

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Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar says if elected president she will seek to immediately address the problem of climate change.

She tells a Minneapolis crowd that on Day One of her administration, the U.S. would rejoin the Paris climate accord, the landmark agreement on curbing global warming. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2017, describing it as too costly for American businesses and taxpayers.

Klobuchar also says in her first 100 days as president she would reinstate clean power rules and gas mileage standards. And, she’s pledging to put forth “sweeping legislation” to invest in green jobs and infrastructure.

Klobuchar announced Sunday she was running for president in 2020.

She says the people and science “are on our side” when it comes to addressing climate change.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race later Sunday.

She would become the most prominent Midwestern candidate as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

The three-term senator is set to discuss her plans at an afternoon event in Minneapolis.

In remarks released before that event, she says: “‘I’m asking you to join us on this campaign.” She’s citing the need to “heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good.”

Klobuchar is pointing to her record of working with Republicans, and says the country is tired of what she calls “the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding.”


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to join the 2020 race for president on Sunday.

Klobuchar would become the most prominent candidate from the Midwest as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped fuel Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.

Klobuchar says she’ll make a “big announcement” about her 2020 plans during an afternoon event along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. She’s already scheduled to speak Feb. 21 in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucuses.

Klobuchar has promoted her broad appeal across Minnesota, noting she’s earned support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won.

But she’d face stiff challenges in a field that includes better-known candidates with the ability to raise huge amounts of money.

Associated Press

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