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Klobuchar says she'll announce 2020 plans on Sunday

Posted February 5, 2019 11:15 p.m. EST

— Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Tuesday that she will announce her plans for the 2020 presidential election this upcoming Sunday.

"So Sunday, come to Boom Island in Minneapolis -- as in Boom Island, drop the mic -- and then you'll find out," Klobuchar told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow when asked about whether she is considering running for president.

Klobuchar is inviting the public and the press to join her in a park in downtown Minneapolis -- in heated tents, with the Mississippi River as her backdrop -- to make her announcement. Fueling speculation that she is leaning toward a presidential run is the fact that she is headed back to Iowa in two weeks to headline the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet and Fundraiser.

On the group's Facebook page, Klobuchar is quoted as saying, "The people form the Heartland believe in hard work, telling it like it is, and getting things done. That's true in Minnesota where I grew up, and that's true across the border in Iowa. We have a lot to get done in the days, weeks, and months ahead. And I can't wait to talk with the Democrats in Ankeny about just that."

In December, Klobuchar addressed the Iowa Farmers Union pitching a message of unity between rural and urban Americans.

Klobuchar recently won her Senate re-election bid in Minnesota with 60% of the vote, visiting all 87 Minnesota counties during the campaign, including 42 that went for Trump in 2016. She is seen by some observers as a Democratic candidate who can win in the Midwest, recapturing the states that flipped to President Donald Trump in 2016.

Should she enter the 2020 presidential race, she would be one of seven women and one of five US senators seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.