MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (ABC) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential campaign Sunday afternoon at a rally in her home state of Minnesota.
With temperatures hovering just above 10 degrees and snow blanketing the grass of the venue at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis, over 100 volunteers passed out hand warmers and cups of hot chocolate.
Two hours ahead of the event, staff began hanging blue signs with “Amy for America” printed in large white letters. A large American flag decorated the stage, its colors standing out amongst the white blizzard fog hiding the city’s skyline.
Klobuchar is expected to deliver a message of unity, vowing to repair a country she claims is fractured, according to excerpts of the senator’s expected remarks given to ABC News.
While that message is consistent across the growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates, Klobuchar stands out as a well-known Midwestern candidate in a state that has traditionally voted blue, but also has seen a decline in Democratic support over the last three presidential elections.
Klobuchar celebrated a reelection victory in 2018, winning over 60 percent of the vote.
But tainting her big announcement on Sunday is a recent report by the Huffington Post claiming three people have withdrawn from consideration to lead Klobuchar’s campaign because of an alleged history of mistreating her staff.
The article cites anonymous sources who describe Klobuchar as “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.”
In a statement to ABC news, a campaign spokesperson said the senator is very fond of her staff.
"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff -- they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today. She has many staff who have been with her for years -- including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years -- and many who have gone on to do amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota. She is proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota,” a campaign spokesperson said.