Amy Klobuchar endured frigid temperatures to gather Sunday afternoon just outside downtown Minneapolis for her "big announcement": that she is the latest to enter the increasingly crowded Democratic field for president. And she threw jabs at Trump, saying the sense of what brings communities together is being "worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics".
"We are exhausted of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding", she told the crowd and a national audience on TV.
Many on the left also feel that her education reforms, which push for universities in the United States to be more affordable, do not go far enough.
"We've got the opportunity to replace chaos with courage. Not by wallowing over what's wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what's right".
Klobuchar is trying to take her appeal in Minnesota - where in 2018 she won 42 counties that President Donald Trump carried two years before - to a national stage. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and Obama-era Cabinet member Julián Castro. "I am so excited, and she's a fabulous woman I can get behind".
Klobuchar, 58, pointedly wore neither a hat nor gloves during her speech in bitterly cold weather, her brown hair and mustard-yellow coat gradually turning white with the accumulating snowfall.
Klobuchar, like many of her Democratic colleagues, called for unison and bipartisan approaches for federal governance in her speech.
Klobuchar and others have credited those wins to Klobuchar's efforts to get to each of the state's 87 counties on a regular basis and to her ability win over GOP voters.
Former vice president Joe Biden is known to be weighing a candidacy, and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke has said he will announce his plans this month.
Klobuchar is expected to focus her early presidential campaign on Iowa, which borders Minnesota and holds the nation's first nominating contest in February 2020.
"It made me chuckle, frankly, and roll my eyes", Navarro said.
"While Democrats are clearly hoping for a "moderate" candidate, Klobuchar comes with serious flaws - the first being her lack of integrity when it comes to her word", Carnahan said in an emailed statement.
"She starts out perhaps with a better understanding of Midwestern voters, but I think she faces the same hurdles every one of them face, which is: Are Iowans going to find them either the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump or the candidate that most aligns with their ideologies and issues?" said John Norris, a longtime Iowa-based Democratic strategist. "Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues)".
While most people outside her home state don't know Klobuchar, she's a credible candidate with as much a chance of winning as anyone.
Unruffled, Klobuchar continued as Kavanaugh asked again. Klobuchar's reputation has also allegedly made it hard to recruit aides for her campaign. Kavanaugh later apologised to Klobuchar, whose father is an alcoholic. "We must win. We have to win this next election and all Amy Klobuchar does is win".
Klobuchar campaigned with Democrats in Iowa a year ago, and in December spoke to progressive farmers and activists about the importance of bridging the divide between urban and rural areas.