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 KlobucharHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release 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 CruzCNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary The Memo: Trump can't let go of McCain grudge Michael Bennet is close to deciding on possible presidential bid 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris to pitch using federal funds to give teachers pay raises Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Booker endorses New Jersey marijuana legalization bill MORE (D-N.J.) and more.