Over the weekend, Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar announced they would be running for the presidency in what is becoming a crowded Democratic field.
Warren announced on Saturday that she would be seeking her party’s nomination to run against President Trump and Klobuchar followed up with an announcement of her own on Sunday.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Klobuchar’s announcement included a swipe at the Democratic nominee in 2016, Hillary Clinton.
From the report:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., took a take a swipe at Hillary Clinton after announcing her candidacy for president on Sunday.
After her speech in Minneapolis, Klobuchar pledged not to neglect Wisconsin — a swing state Clinton did not visit once during the 2016 general election and lost to President Trump.
“We’re going to be in Iowa and in Wisconsin,” Klobuchar told reporters. “I think we’re starting in Wisconsin, because as you remember, there wasn’t a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016. With me, that changes.”
The Washington Examiner reports Clinton’s loss in Wisconsin was a part of her campaign’s neglect of Midwestern states. Clinton later admitted to probably being able to do more to win the state:
Clinton lost Wisconsin to Trump by less than 23,000 votes. She addressed criticism that she ignored the state in her memoir What Happened.
“For example, some critics have said that everything hinged on me not campaigning enough in the Midwest,” Clinton wrote. “And I suppose it is possible that a few more trips to Saginaw or a few more ads on the air in Waukesha could have tipped a couple of thousand votes here and there.”
“But let’s set the record straight,” Clinton added. “We always knew that the industrial Midwest was crucial to our success, just as it had been for Democrats for decades, and contrary to the popular narrative, we didn’t ignore those states.”
She also dismissed the idea that that was a surge in Republican turnout, instead saying, “enough voters switched, stayed home, or went for third parties in the final days to cost me the state.”
The Democratic field is crowded with many far-Left candidates but, as Politico reports, Klobuchar offers a more centralist, deal-making option for Democratic voters.
According to the report, Senate Republicans have praised Klobuchar for her ability to reach across the aisle and work in a bi-partisan manner.
From the report:
In a Democratic caucus filled with presidential hopefuls taking a hard line against Donald Trump’s presidency, the Minnesota senator’s brand of pragmatic politics stands out. And numerous Republicans are raving about Klobuchar — her personality, her respect for the other party, even her competitiveness in a general election.
In fact, a dozen GOP senators were so effusive in interviews this month that some worried they might damage her candidacy in a Democratic nomination fight that has many candidates embracing the party’s left flank.
“I hope I’m not condemning her nascent run for the presidency,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) as he praised Klobuchar. “She’s too reasonable, too likable, too nice.”
“She wants to achieve a solution and I would hope that’s not a disqualifying thing for someone who would like to be president,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who runs the Senate Rules Committee with Klobuchar. “I like her a lot and hope that’s not harmful to her.”