Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) could be getting ready to become the fourth female senator to enter the 2020 race on Sunday.
On Tuesday night, Klobuchar announced after the State of the Union address that she would be making a big announcement this weekend in her home state of Minnesota. Klobuchar urged possible attendees to the event to dress warmly.
And on Wednesday, Klobuchar followed that up with a short video. In the clip, a smiling Klobuchar told viewers that she’s “got a little announcement to make.”
Watch the video below:
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 6, 2019
Klobuchar has arguably the lowest profile of the women who have announced their intentions to run, which also include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. But she would be the only woman from a heartland state or even a state that’s not deep blue — Warren is from Massachusetts, Harris is from California, and Gillibrand is from New York.
The Minnesota senator earned a sound bite that gained her national attention during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings in a testy exchange. When Klobuchar asked the now-Supreme Court justice if he ever drank excessively, Kavanaugh decided that, rather than answer the question, he would try to turn it back on the senator.
After a tense few seconds, Klobuchar smiled at the embattled nominee and quipped, “I have no drinking problem, judge.”
Watch the video below:
Asked if he ever drank to the point of blacking out, Brett Kavanaugh says no, asking Sen. Klobuchar, "Have you?"
"Could you answer the question, judge? So, that's not happened, is that your answer?"
— ABC News (@ABC) September 27, 2018
The exchange went viral and even spawned this parody on “Saturday Night Live”:
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 30, 2018
Even before Klobuchar made her soft announcement on Tuesday night, there were signs that she was planning a 2020 run. Earlier in the day, Politico reported that Klobuchar would be visiting Iowa — the first state to vote in the primary elections — in February to headline a dinner.
During the midterms, Klobuchar visited Iowa to campaign for candidates, and one poll shows her surging in the Hawkeye State. In that poll, released in mid-December, Klobuchar tracks above any of the other candidates who have put their names in the 2020 race.