Klobuchar joins crowded race

On Sunday, Minnesota’s senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, announced her intent to run for president. She joins a growing crowd of Democrats who want to regain the White House in 2020.

We know Minnesotans like Klobuchar, and have elected her three times to the Senate with increasingly strong margins. Her challenge will be to introduce herself to the rest of the country, to win over supporters from the wide field of candidates that may eventually include former vice president Joe Biden, whose shadow looms over the rest of the field.

Klobuchar’s reputation is one of a practical politician, one more interested in solving problems than in promoting party lines, willing to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to get things done.

We don’t agree with some of the issues she mentioned in her announcement Sunday, such as universal health care, or her support for the Green New Deal proposal in Congress. But she will represent solid Midwestern values that should play well with voters in other states.

Minnesota has a history of former senators getting into presidential races — Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, who failed in their races against Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Klobuchar has a long way to go before joining their ranks, but we think she adds quality to Democratic race for president.

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