"We are exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding", Klobuchar told the crowd gathered at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River, as snow gathered on her hair and shoulders.
In her announcement, Klobuchar recalled how her grandfather worked 1,500 feet underground in the mines of northern Minnesota's Iron Range.
Klobuchar says she's heading next to Wisconsin and Iowa.
Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, stressed her success in winning in counties that backed Mr Trump against Hillary Clinton in his successful campaign for the White House. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Obama-era Cabinet member Julián Castro. "It is time to organize, time to galvanize, time to take back our democracy".
Snow falls as rally goers arrive at Boom Island Park for Democratic Sen.
Her profile rose past year when she won plaudits for her cool-headed questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a hearing focusing on allegations of sexual abuse and drinking. "The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she's in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn't be acceptable for anyone".
"By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!". "I am so excited, and she's a fabulous woman I can get behind". "Not by wallowing over what's wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what's right", the Senator said. I will tell you what I think.
Brzezinski defended Klobuchar saying "looking at her standing in subzero temperatures with the snow blowing down on her face and everyone freezing and wanting to be there for her". But with a message of unity and Minnesota grit, Klobuchar said she was up to the task. Leaders of the Minnesota Republican Party frequently criticize her as an overly cautious politician who plays it safe by focusing on broadly popular issues such as consumer protection even as she reliably votes with Democrats on more controversial measures.
Klobuchar has already made several visits to Iowa, which holds first-in-the-nation caucuses in February, and is scheduled to be in the Hawkeye State again next week.
The primary field soon could expand to include prominent Democrats such as former Vice-President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
In her remarks on Sunday, Klobuchar called for passing a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and passing legislation to automatically register people to vote when they turn 18. The United States had pulled out of the accord in 2017 after Trump assumed Presidency following his win in the 2016 Presidential elections. John Bessler grew up in Mankato and his parents are Bill and Marilyn Bessler, who both taught at Minnesota State University.
"There is quite a bit of, a lot of meaning behind where she is doing this", the adviser said.
Before she was a senator, she was the Hennepin County Attorney for eight years. She sees potential, and she gets to work.
Sunday, Klobuchar seemed to relish the underdog role.