President Donald Trump got a kick out of Senator Amy Klobuchar‘s (D-Minn.) snow-filled announcement that she’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, but it looks like some other Republicans are just getting a kick out of her.
Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) both hoped their comments wouldn’t turn Democrats against her, but they had nothing but nice things to say about Klobuchar when they spoke to the outlet.
“I hope I’m not condemning her nascent run for the presidency,” Cornyn said. “She’s too reasonable, too likable, too nice.”
“She wants to achieve a solution and I would hope that’s not a disqualifying thing for someone who would like to be president,” Blunt added. “I like her a lot and hope that’s not harmful to her.”
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) even called her “the whole package,” adding, “She’s a person of character and great ability.” Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) admitted, “Of the folks that are running, she’s probably more responsible.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) also heaped praise on Klobuchar for her “excellent” line of questioning on the Judiciary Committee, saying, “Her questions can be thoughtful and respectful. Still probing, they’re not easy, but it’s a good model.”
“I don’t like to give Democrats advice but they’ve got to be able to carry the Midwest,” she warned, however.
Likewise, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) argued that some Democrats are “going to be looking for somebody that is actually going to be electable in a general election. And I think it’s a spot she could fill.”
The feedback from Republicans comes just a day after Klobuchar made her announcement against a snowy backdrop in her home state of Minnesota on Sunday.
Watch her part of her announcement below:
BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar launches 2020 presidential campaign:
“I stand before you … to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/X6EFwCbV8M
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 10, 2019
At the time, the president just couldn’t wait to poke some fun at both the scene and at Democrats’ efforts to combat climate change:
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)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
“Well, it happened again,” he tweeted. “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)!”
Klobuchar’s announcement also follows reports of staff mistreatment that broke just days before she officially unveiled her bid.