Political analysts assess possible Klobuchar run for president

January 04, 2019 09:44 PM

Will she or won't she? That's the question swirling around Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as she considers a run for president.

"I think the odds of her getting in are better than 50-50," former Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez said. "She's been the most popular politician in this state for more than a decade, and it's hard to have numbers like that and not see a president when you look in the mirror."


Klobuchar recently told the StarTribune newspaper she's "close" to making a decision and feels some urgency with other candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren forming exploratory committees.

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Republican political analyst and former GOP Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers says Klobuchar might be hampered in running for the Democratic Party nomination because she might not be liberal enough.

"I think it's great if she does, it's always great to see Minnesotans in the race," Zellers said."Unfortunately she can't get to the left of some of the characters that are going to be in the race and I feel bad for her. Because I think it will be her trying to be something that's not her brand, which is working together, bipartisan. She's going to have to go to the left of the left of Elizabeth Warren, and I don't know where that territory is in the Midwest."

You can hear more on Klobuchar and other Minnesota political issues on "At Issue with Tom Hauser" Sunday at 10 a.m.

If Amy Klobuchar decides to run for president, she would become the eighth Minnesotan to do so.

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