2020 field grows as Klobuchar, Warren enter fray

2020 field grows as Klobuchar, Warren enter fray

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D- Minn.), at the Tuesday 2PM Senate presser, March 13, 2018, (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D- Minn.), at the Tuesday 2PM Senate presser, March 13, 2018, (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON— The Democrats’ 2020 primary field grew over the weekend, with the addition of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) bringing the number of declared candidates to 11.

Warren had previously announced an exploratory committee, but formally kicked off her campaign Saturday.

The senator appeared at a Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mill, the site of a major 1912 labor strike and a selection intended to highlight her progressive bonafides.

“These same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades,” Warren said. “I say it’s time to fight back.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Congress' Semiannual Monetary Policy Report 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Congress’ Semiannual Monetary Policy Report 2018- 7/17/18 (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

Braving snowfall and chilly weather, Klobuchar announced her candidacy the next day during an outdoor event in Minneapolis.

“We don’t let a little snow stop us!” the senator said. “We don’t let a lot of cold stop us!”

President Donald Trump was quick to target both candidates on Twitter.

On Saturday, Trump zeroed in on the controversy surrounding Warren declaring Native American ancestry on a 1986 registration form the for Texas State Bar.

The tweet garnered fierce backlash from the president’s critics over what appears to be a mocking reference to the Trail of Tears, the 19th century forced relocation of Native Americans that resulted in thousands of deaths.

On Klobuchar, Trump noted that the senator made a point of highlighting climate change while in the snow.

Both candidates pushed back.
“Every day there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet,” Warren said while stumping in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She went on to reference Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.

“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president,” Warren said. “In fact, he may not even be a free person.”

In an almost Trumpian response, Klobuchar fired back on Twitter.

In addition to the two latest candidates, the Democrats’ 2020 bench now includes:

Sen. Cory Booker (N.J)
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
Former Rep. John Delaney (Md.)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI.)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)
Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.)
Lifestyle guru Marianne Williamson
Tech figure Andrew Yang

At least a dozen other potential contenders are waiting in the wings, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has also been flirting with an independent run.

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