Klobuchar to stress 'shared story' in expected 2020 announcement

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-Minn.) will reportedly stress her Midwest roots and unity during a speech on Sunday afternoon when she is widely expected to announce a 2020 presidential bid.

Klobuchar will deliver her speech on Boom Island, a Minneapolis park adjacent to the Mississippi River. The river will serve as a central theme in her speech, according to excerpts obtained by CNN.

"The Mississippi River... all our rivers connect us... to one another. To our shared story," Klobuchar will say. "For that is how this country was founded, with patriots who saw more that united them than divided them."

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The two-term senator will emphasize her Minnesota roots, CNN reported, and her belief in "hard work, telling it like it is, and getting things done."

"I'm asking you to join us on this campaign. It's a homegrown one. I don't have a political machine. I don't come from money," Klobuchar will say, according to prepared remarks. "But what I do have is this: I have grit. I have family. I have friends. I have neighbors. I have all of you who are willing to come out in the middle of the winter, all of you who took the time to watch us today, all of you who are willing to stand up and say people matter."

Klobuchar would become the most recent Democrat to wade into the 2020 presidential race, joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (Calif.), among others.

The Minnesota senator has been the subject of reports in recent days that include allegations from former staffers that she fostered a hostile work environment. Unidentified former aides detailed instances in which they said Klobuchar berated staff over small mistakes, and left some workers in tears at times.