The 2020 presidential race is crowded, but one candidate may stand out to Midwest voters. On a snowy Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for president. She’s represented Minnesota in Congress for a little more than a decade. During her announcement, Klobuchar leaned heavily on being a Minnesotan, Midwesterner and the product of a working class family.
“I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the State of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for President of the United States,” Klobuchar said.
Right now, according to CBS News, there are nine people who have formally announced they’re running for President as Democrats.
- Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator
- Cory Booker, New Jersey senator
- Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary
- John Delaney, former Maryland representative
- Andrew Yang, entrepreneur based in Manhattan
- Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii representative
- Kamala Harris, California senator
- Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator
Klobuchar is a Democrat, but we wanted to ask people — party affiliation aside — if they think her campaign will give the Midwest attention this political season.
There’s something special about the Midwest.
“Here, everyone’s so friendly and approachable. That’s one of the big things about the Midwest,” Corey Gross said.
That’s why Gross says he likes the idea of someone running for president who knows what it’s like to walk a mile in our snow boots.
“I think that’s important because you can represent your constituents and actually see with them eye to eye, regardless of party or any of that stuff,” Gross said.
Minnesota and South Dakota are both big agriculture states. David Bernhard hopes having a candidate from the area will help put national attention on that industry.
“People who have a better understanding of farming and stuff, having that voice out there in politics is huge,” Bernhard said.
“There’s a lot of farming in general in the Midwest. So, if she can understand from that standpoint. That would be really nice, instead of just focusing on big city stuff,” Samantha Olson said.
No matter who wins the presidential election, Gross hopes having a local candidate in the running will help people from the coasts learn more about what makes the Midwest special.
“We have awesome culture here. Just look at Sioux Falls alone. This downtown area has a ton of culture and arts and community and things like that. So, I think it’ll show, it’ll give a lot more good PR,” Gross said.