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“I’m sure she’s coming here to lay the groundwork in case Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE doesn’t run,” Iowa RNC committeeman Steve Scheffler told the paper. "If she doesn’t run, [Klobuchar] wants to have a shot at it."

Klobuchar has been long rumored as a potential presidential candidate, named by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female president. But early polling suggests her 2016 candidacy would remain a long shot if Clinton, or, to a lesser extent, Vice President Biden opts to seek the party's nomination.