Amy Klobuchar’s run for president: what national news outlets are saying

Here’s what national media outlets are saying about Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s announcement Sunday that she will run for president:

  • The Washington Post’s headline about Klobuchar said she made her announcement by “touting herself as a bridge builder.”
  • The New York Times ran a “Who is Amy Klobuchar?” video and said she announced, “hopeful that her moderate politics, Midwestern roots and carefully cultivated history of bipartisanship can appeal to a broad swath of voters in contentious times.
  • The Hill, a Washington, D.C., outlet covered her announcement but had President Trump mocking Klobuchar’s timing, in a tweet. The president tweeted: “Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”
  • Online news site Vox noted in its headline that Klobuchar has won every one of her elections by large margins — by 26 percent in 2018 — and emphasized her pragmatism.
  • In an opinion piece titled “The Case for Amy Klobuchar,” the Wall Street Journal opened with the statement that Klobuchar “perhaps … can be the Democrats’ consensus candidate.” The op-ed, published before her announcement and then updated Sunday, said she wouldn’t be the “first choice of the socialist left,” but “liberal enough” and a sharp contrast in temperament to Trump.
  • An article by Huffington Post said Klobuchar might struggle to get recognition on the stage next to Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported that, though Klobuchar lacks much star power “in a Democratic primary packed with it,” she has “the promise of credibility with Midwesterners like those who soured on the Democratic Party in 2016” and could help stop a Trump re-election.

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