Klobuchar Appears on Good Morning America

Updated: February 11, 2019 06:16 PM

Amy Klobuchar is fresh off her snowy Sunday announcement in Minneapolis about her run for president. And less than 24 hours later, she appeared on Good Morning America with George Stephanopolous.


"I believe I'll be a good president. And our nation is tired of being governed by chaos, and we need to be governed by opportunity. And that's what I talked about yesteday during the huge snowstorm," she chuckled. Stephanopolous then asked what she will bring that no other candidate will.

"I bring some grit to the race, as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, and daughter of a teacher and newspaper man. And I'm somebody who has risen to the challenges every time I get the job," she answered. She was a prosecutor for eight years, leading the Hennepin County Attorney's office.

Klobuchar also cited her work in the Senate, saying the president has signed 34 of the bills she's authored or co-authored in the last two years. "I like to get things done."

She also said there are challenges like the digital disruption, the need for privacy laws, and the need to do something about prescription drugs.

Her announcement caught the attention of the President, who tweeted out about her looking like a snowman/woman. "It could be so much worse," she joked. But about climate change, she was serious. "We know cimate change is happening. Just this last year, it was one of fourth hottest years in the history of the world. We cannot ignore it."

As for handling the president and his tweets, she said you have to pick your battles, and use some humor. "When he called me a snowwoman, I said I would like to see how his hair would fare in a blizzard," she said.

When Stephanopolous asked about the articles referencing her being hard on her staff, she answered, "First of all, I love my staff. I am tough. I do push people, that is true. My point is that I have high expectations for myself, high expectations for people who work for me. And I have high expectations for this country."

One of the supporters who spoke at the announcement was Emily Larson, mayor of Duluth. "We call this a perfect Duluth Day! Or spring, or summer," Larson joked with the large crowd. "Duluth is a working city, a port city, a proud labor city on the Great Lakes. A city that helped build this country, and still powers our economy and our world. We ship taconite that forges American made steel, and the grain that feeds our world, and we make a pretty good beer, too."

Reflecting now on that moment, Larson told us, "It was such a thrill. We have a very authentic connection. And it was a sincere gift to show support as a regional leader to her campaign and her vision for America."

Larson and her husband Doug spent a few moments with the Klobuchars after the big announcement. "They were very relaxed and happy, and very pleased with how it went. We had a great time laughing about the snow, and what Minnesota looks like, resilient and bold."


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