Klobuchar to headline Dem banquet in Iowa amid 2020 speculation

Klobuchar to headline Dem banquet in Iowa amid 2020 speculation
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden to face pressure on Medicare for All O'Rourke avoids TV spotlight for small gatherings in risky 2020 gamble Sanders, Klobuchar among five most popular senators: poll MORE (D-Minn.) is set to headline a local Democratic banquet in Iowa later this month, a move that’s likely to fuel speculation that the Minnesota Democrat is close to mounting a 2020 White House bid.

Klobuchar will appear at the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet and Fundraiser on Feb. 21, according to a release emailed to reporters Tuesday. Politico first reported news of the trip.

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“We’re incredibly excited to have Senator Klobuchar headlining our event,” Mary McAdams, the acting chairwoman of the Ankeny Area Democrats, said in a statement. “People really liked what she had to say when she visited to help our local candidates in 2018.”

If she enters the presidential race, Klobuchar, a three-term senator, would become the second candidate from the Midwest to throw her name into the running for the 2020 Democratic nomination after Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind.

That could give her a leg up in a region of the country that’s seen as crucial to defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresenting the 2020 Democratic bracket The time has come for the Democrats to act, finally DHS expedites border wall replacement in Arizona, Texas MORE in 2020.

News of Klobuchar’s plans to headline the banquet comes after a former aide to the senator, Jeannette Cleland, who also served as former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBiden ties himself closely to Obama on day one The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE's deputy director of scheduling, filed a permit application for a Saturday event at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported on the permit application.

If Klobuchar enters the race, she’ll join an already crowded field of Democratic primary contenders that includes four of her fellow senators, Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPresenting the 2020 Democratic bracket Biden to face pressure on Medicare for All Trump criticizes 2020 Democratic candidates MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPresenting the 2020 Democratic bracket The Memo: Trump's media dominance challenged by 2020 Dems Biden to face pressure on Medicare for All MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBiden to face pressure on Medicare for All Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Cory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden to face pressure on Medicare for All Biden makes hard push for African American vote Judge agrees to release Coast Guard officer accused of plotting domestic terrorism MORE (D-N.J.).