Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up

Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Anita Hill: Female 2020 Democrats 'not being taken seriously' Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (D-Minn.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE (D-Texas) stopped in Wisconsin this weekend to underscore the Democratic Party's push in the Midwest as the 2020 presidential campaign gets into full swing.

Klobuchar made Wisconsin her first stop since announcing her candidacy last Sunday in Minneapolis. 

"I want to build on the momentum that we saw here in 2018," Klobuchar told reporters Saturday, according to CNN. "No one ever thought that the Democrats were going to be able [to defeat] Gov. Walker, but we did it, and we did it in a smart, Wisconsin way with a grass-roots campaign with [Democratic Sen.] Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinWarren vows to fight 'tooth and nail' for LGBTQ protections as president This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to border wall | Dems blast move | House Dem pushes Pelosi to sue over Trump's Yemen veto MORE at the top of the ticket, and we can do it in the presidential, as well."

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Klobuchar added that she planned to campaign in places "that maybe we didn't focus on enough in the last few years," CNN reported. The comment mirrored a veiled critique of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE's 2016 campaign that Klobuchar made upon her announcement.

O'Rourke, meanwhile, who has not yet announced whether he'll launch a presidential campaign, stopped at two colleges in Wisconsin.

"I want to make sure that I'm listening to everyone — not just those that I know in El Paso and in Texas, but everyone, including going to places that are forgotten or overlooked or have not been visited enough or are only thought about in calculations as you accumulate electoral votes or you think about the next election," O'Rourke reportedly told supporters on Friday, according to CNN.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE won Wisconsin in the 2016 election, beating Clinton by less than 23,000 votes. The state had gone to the Democratic presidential candidate in each of the seven elections prior.

Klobuchar is one of roughly a dozen Democrats to either declare their candidacy for president or form an exploratory committee. She joins Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — CBO officials testify on pros and cons of 'Medicare for All' | Booker vows to form White House office on abortion rights | Measles outbreak spreads with cases now in half the country MORE (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — CBO officials testify on pros and cons of 'Medicare for All' | Booker vows to form White House office on abortion rights | Measles outbreak spreads with cases now in half the country Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (Calif.), among others.

O'Rourke is one of several figures mulling a Democratic presidential bid. Among those expected to enter the field are former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.).