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 KlobucharHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run 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 TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 ObamaObama attends UNC-Duke basketball game Obama introduces himself as 'Michelle's husband' at leadership forum The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? 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 HarrisKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Harris on Smollett: 'I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run MORE (D-N.J.).