Will Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar run for President? It certainly looks that way.

She may be worried about the political gravitational force known as Oprah

Chad Hartman
November 07, 2018 - 3:43 am

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Senator Amy Klobuchar won re-election convincingly on Tuesday, and she has taken a more national profile of late, going on talk shows and visiting Iowa — exactly the kind of moves that get people on talk radio to speculate about a politician's future.  

"Klobuchar is certainly positioning herself very well to run for president," said Mike Erlandson, a DFL-affiliated political analyst who participated in WCCO Radio's election night coverage with Chad Hartman. "And I think she's well positioned as a leader in the Democratic Party who has been pragmatic, has been bipartisan and who knows how to energize Democrats," he said.

Klobuchar's questioning of Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate confirmation hearings drew national headlines and even a cold open sketch from Saturday Night Live, which she herself praised.

She visited Iowa on Oct. 27 to campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Cindy Axne, who is currently projected to win her race by a narrow margin. 

Erlandson said whether or not Klobuchar jumps to the presidential contest may well depend on how the dynamics of the race shape up, and whether another possible candidate who has generated chatter also enters the fray.

“Oprah is a candidate that no Democrat that's an officeholder today, a senator or a governor, has any ability to sort out or determine how to approach that if she makes the decision to run,” he said.

WCCO Operations Manager Andy Bloom, who once worked for GOP Ohio Rep. Michael Turner, had another possible theory.

“I think she’s auditioning for Vice-President,” Bloom said.