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 KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup 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 TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary 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, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware Black women are ambitious — that's why we need more in office History's pick: Kamala Harris joins a long list of forerunners 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 HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides Howard Kurtz: Kamala Harris 'getting walk on water coverage' by media after VP pick MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Booker hits back at Trump tweet, mocks misspelling of name MORE (D-N.J.).