At Issue: January 6 - Walz prepares to be sworn in as Minnesota governor; Will Klobuchar run for president in 2020?

January 06, 2019 05:33 PM

Tim Walz Prepares to be Sworn in as Minnesota Governor 

Tim Walz is set to be sworn in as the next Minnesota governor on Monday, Jan. 7. Walz, a former congressman from southern Minnesota, defeated Jeff Johnson in the 2018 election. He will be the first DFL governor to follow another DFL administration in modern party history. 


The past two months have been a whirlwind for Walz and his team as they learn to navigate the State Capitol, hire commissioners and staff, and prepare to put together a two-year budget plan that will be debated heavily in the 2019 legislative session. 

Walz sat down with Tom Hauser for one of his final one-on-one interviews before his inauguration. He talked about the past several weeks of preparations and his plan to follow through on some of his most significant campaign promises. 

Will Amy Klobuchar Run for President in 2020?

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) told the Star Tribune that she will make an announcement in the coming weeks on whether or not she will run for President in 2020. There is high speculation among Democratic party observers that she will enter the race.

The field of Democratic candidates lining up to challenge President Donald Trump is expected to be both diverse and crowded. On At Issue, our analysts speculate on how Klobuchar may fare among other Democratic candidates expected to run in 2020.  

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