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“I’m sure she’s coming here to lay the groundwork in case Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Chelsea Clinton hits back at NYT reporter over details in new book 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.