Amy Klobuchar confirms she's thinking on 2020 presidential run

Minnesota's senior senator won a resounding re-election earlier this month.
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In the wake of her big re-election win in Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's name has been near the top of the list of potential Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020.

And while in the past she has insisted she was happy with her current role, she has now conceded she is mulling the possibility of a presidential run after securing another six years in the U.S. Senate.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Klobuchar acknowledged that her name has been cropping up as a potential candidate.

She stopped short of confirming a run, but did however say that "right now, I am just still thinking about this, talking to people."

One of the reasons national commentators are suggesting Klobuchar run is the measure of her victory – 60 percent to 36 percent – over GOPer Jim Newberger in November's mid-terms.

Klobuchar managed to win even in counties that voted heavily for Trump in 2016.

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This lends well to her positioning as someone who can be popular among Democrats and (some) Republicans alike, and could be one of the front-running moderate choices in the 2020 race.

Speaking to Stephanopoulos, Klobuchar says that people have been talking her up "because I’ve worked really hard to go not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s uncomfortable, and ... did well in a number of those places that Donald Trump won."

"And I also am someone that, for those that are exhausted with politics, likes to get things done," she adds.

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One of the main arguments against Klobuchar as a candidate is name recognition, with East and West coast Democrats like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker getting more of the headlines from the (East and West coast) national press.

But Klobuchar's name is better known now than it was a few months ago, having been thrown into the national spotlight for her involvement in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings thanks to a tense exchange with the Supreme Court nominee.

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