Klobuchar: 'I wasn't born to run. But I am running'

Klobuchar: 'I wasn't born to run. But I am running'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE (D-Minn.), who officially launched her presidential bid last month, said she was started considering running for president in college but does not believe she was “born to run.”

“I have a lot of respect for Beto. And it’s great to have some Texas in this race. But no, I wasn’t born to run for office, just because growing up in the ‘70s, in the middle of the country, I don’t think many people thought a girl could be president,” she said in an interview that will air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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“I wasn't born to run, but I am running.”

Klobuchar was responding to a comment from former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), in which he told Vanity Fair, “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.”

O’Rourke shot to national prominence last year after running a tight Senate race against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE (R-Texas) that excited the Democratic base. But critics said the comments would be unacceptable if they had come from a female candidate. 

Klobuchar and O’Rourke are running in a crowded primary crowd that already features high-profile candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisScooter Braun hosting fundraiser for Harris dubbed 'Fireside Chat with Kamala' The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington Piers Morgan says Trump rally 'bordered on fascism' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Bette Midler, Scarlett Johansson give the maximum donation to Warren campaign Senate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-N.J.) and more.