Reaction to Klobuchar Making Announcement Sunday

Updated: February 10, 2019 11:32 AM

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to make a major announcement on Sunday at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. It's likely Minnesota's senior senator will announce she's running for president in 2020.

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Klobuchar has long been regarded as one of the U.S. Senate's most popular and effective members. She's also seen as a rising star in the Democratic National Party.

Before she was a senator, she was the Hennepin County Attorney for eight years. Prosecutors build up considerable skills that could be useful in politics.

"Prosecutors have to make tough decisions. They have to make fair decisions. And they are used to working with a team," explained Mark Rubin, the St. Louis County Attorney.

He'd worked with Klobuchar on a number of issues, like sex trafficking, opioid abuse, and synthetic drugs. "She studies the issues. She's incredibly smart.  Major matters here in the county, or the state, she will take measures. And her reputation, is that when she does that, she reaches across the aisle and gets support," Rubin added.

Klobuchar has consistently visited the Northland to talk about various issues. From firefighters to fighter jets, to breweries and burn pit veterans, she has pledged support for her constituents and business community.

She often reminds people her grandfather worked in the underground mines in Ely. Tradition is important to her, serving potica at her office in D.C.

"I have a lot of respect for her. She's Slovenian, not Croatian. Close enough," Rubin joked.

Duluth mayor Emily Larson said she spoke with Klobuchar on Tuesday, and looks forward to being at the event on Sunday.

Klobuchar was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota's first female U.S. Senator. Klobuchar easily won re-election in 2012 and 2018. She has championed a variety of issues during her time in office, including working to lower prescription drugs, strengthening online privacy laws, advocating for adoptive families, increasing educational and job opportunities and improving election security.

The event will be open to the public at 1 p.m., and the program is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m. Hot cocoa, cookies, warming houses and live entertainment will all be part of the day's events.

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