February 22, 2019 03:18 PM
Senator Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign is now well underway.
The Minnesota Democrat - who officially announced her candidacy on Feb. 10 - had already made stops in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. And on Thursday night, she was in Iowa for the second time in a week.
She spoke to a sold-out crowd of around 225 people at a banquet in Des Moines.
Klobuchar has quietly been making stops in the state over the past year, even prior to starting her campaign.
Winning the Iowa Caucuses is no guarantee of winning a party's nomination. But past Minnesota candidates have found not doing well there can be costly.
Former governor Tim Pawlenty announced his candidacy in downtown Des Moines in May, 2011. He dropped out of the race less than three months later after faring poorly in the now-defunct Iowa straw poll.
Former Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who was born in Waterloo, made it to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, but dropped out of the race after finishing sixth.
Of course, former Vice President Walter Mondale won the 1984 Iowa Caucuses by a huge margin en route to earning the Democratic nomination that year. He entered the race as the overwhelming favorite - a status Klobuchar does not enjoy.
So it is important for her to make inroads in the state. Many of those who came to see her Thursday night were looking forward to learning more about her campaign.
"We want to hear the truth," Mary McAdams of the Ankeny Area Democrats said. "We want to hear where she stands on a lot of issues. We have a lot of things in front of us as U.S. citizens today and we want to hear what she wants to do and the changes she wants to make."
But, does Klobuchar think she can compete with the other Democratic candidates, and potentially, Donald Trump?
"I won in a bunch of Trump counties, counties that he had won before, and I do that by meeting people where they are," Klobuchar said Thursday night. "I visit all 87 counties in my state every year, and I believe you go not only where it's comfortable, but where it's uncomfortable."
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Updated: February 22, 2019 03:18 PM
Created: February 21, 2019 07:09 PM
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