The 58-year-old said it is time to get "dark money" out of politics, strengthen voting rights, combat climate change, and to enact universal background checks for all gun purchases.
While Klobuchar has positioned herself as the only Democratic candidate able to win back other Midwestern states such as MI and Wisconsin, which were reliably Democratic in presidential races for decades until Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton, that could change as more candidates enter the fold. "Our fight is for big structural change".
He and his father, Dave Brave Heart, took a break from their cribbage game at the Coffee Hag to express their support for the senator. "I am running for you".
The Huffington Post reported last week that Klobuchar's reputation had scared off three people from leading her presidential campaign.
Klobuchar's husband, John Bessler, called them last week to give them the news.
In putting herself forward as the opposite of divisive, she emphasized the USA motto: "E pluribus unum" -- out of many, one. Past year she easily won a third term. "If there are other pie cutters in the U.S. Senate, I'd like to meet them".
President Trump responded by mocking the senator on his Twitter account: "Klobuchar talked proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures".
The Minnesota Democrat becomes the eighth major candidate - and the fifth Democratic senator - to announce a bid for president or the formation of an exploratory committee.
Klobuchar campaigned with Democrats in Iowa previous year, and in December spoke to progressive farmers and activists about the importance of bridging the divide between urban and rural areas. "Obviously we're very proud, as we are of all of our sons and daughter-in-laws".
Klobuchar is expected to deliver a message of unity, vowing to fix a country she claims is fractured, according to excerpts of the senator's expected remarks given to ABC News.
William Brueske, who moved to Mankato a year ago, said he tends to lean Republican, but has voted for Democrats in the past. Tradition is important to her, serving potica at her office in D.C.
"I doubt it will [affect voters] much", one unnamed Democratic consultant told Politico.
Across town at the Fillin' Station Coffee House, Lynn Rozen of Mankato also describes Klobuchar as relatable and honest. "I love Amy, I love her policies. And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?" And I think we need people with grit.
"She's going to have to do well in Iowa and then use that to kind of boomerang herself forward", Jacobs said.
Several supporters said they weren't concerned about the negative headlines and said a tough-on-staff narrative could even become a positive for the nascent campaign. She is considered to have one of the best campaign organizations of any Democrat.
Here's what elected officials, political leaders and others are saying about the news.
The staffers claimed Klobuchar's demeanor "regularly left employees in tears", charging she'd yell at the staff and, at times, toss objects - including a binder that hit someone - and throw around papers. "That's what I've done my whole life", Klobuchar said.
Event attendee Karissa Pecinovsky said she's wanted Klobuchar to run for president since 2016 and that Klobuchar's ideas line up with hers.
"I can push people". "We're hoping that this can still be a really positive thing for the sake of both Minnesota and the country and our family".
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