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.