Could Klobuchar's new book be a launching pad to White House bid?


Minnesota's U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is coming out with a book this summer.

More specifically, it's a memoir called "The Senator Next Door." According to the Associated Press, it offers a glimpse into Klobuchar's past and eventual rise to the national stage, including personal details about her childhood, as well as her father's battle with alcoholism.

But the book may serve another purpose, multiple journalists suggest.

The Star Tribune's Allison Sherry notes Klobuchar is the latest in a long line of "ambitious politicians" who have published autobiographies to "raise their national profile" – and weigh their odds at running for higher office.

Klobuchar hasn't said what her long-term career goals are, but Sherry says the book's release date is "politically fortuitous." It'll go on sale in August, shortly after the Iowa Republican Straw Poll and before Labor Day – traditionally a time when presidential candidates start getting serious about their campaigns.

Speaking of Iowa, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza notes the senator has been to Iowa four times since 2013 (she recently spoke at a high-profile dinner there).

According to Cillizza, one cardinal rule of politics is: "no politician goes to Iowa by accident. Ever."

The Iowa Caucuses have become an all-important first step in the presidential nominating process, and have come to be considered a "make or break" for many White House hopefuls, according to NPR.

However, Cillizza writes that Klobuchar isn't necessarily trying to launch a bid for president, suggesting that she's simply attempting to make herself more visible for future opportunities (including, possibly, a vice presidential nod).

Klobuchar has held her current position since 2006.

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