Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said it is time to “heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good” during a 20-minute campaign announcement speech. Klobuchar, 58, is a three-term U.S. senator from her home state of Minnesota.
President Donald Trump was not impressed.
“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 the her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!” Trump tweeted Feb. 10.
Klobuchar promptly responded with her own shade.
“Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues). And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?” Klobuchar tweeted.
Klobuchar is the fifth U.S. senator to enter the Democratic primary field. Minnesota and its 10 Electoral College votes are reliably Democratic. The last Republican to carry the state was former President Richard Nixon in 1972. Klobuchar referenced America’s heartland and her family’s working class background in Sunday’s speech which included policy proposals for green jobs and infrastructure.
Klobuchar has supported LGBT rights, co-sponsoring a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, but is perhaps best known in political foodie lore for her efforts to permit frozen pizzas into public school cafeterias. In a 2011 letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Klobuchar underlined the nutritional value of tomato paste in pizza resulting in its classification as a vegetable.
LGBT Hero of The Week:
1. Navy Lt. Comdr. Blake Dremann: A transgender service member, Lt. Comdr. Dremann attended the president’s State of the Union address at the invitation of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “Transgender service members like Lt. Comdr. Dremann make extraordinary sacrifices every day to defend our freedom and our most sacred values, and President Trump’s decision to ban them from military service is cruel and undermines our military readiness,” Gillibrand said in a news release. The Williams Institute estimates there are as many as 153,000 transgender veterans or active-duty service members.