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 KlobucharSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash MORE (D-Minn.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates 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 BaldwinRecessions happen when presidents overlook key problems Trade wars and the over-valued dollar Overnight Health Care: Senate panel advances drug pricing bill amid GOP blowback | House panel grills Juul executives | Trump gives boost to state drug import plans | Officials say new migrant kids' shelter to remain open but empty 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 ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 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 BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.).