- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced a presidential bid. The three-term senator from a state Hillary Clinton nearly lost in 2016 could help win back the sort of blue-collar Midwestern voters who left the Democratic Party for Donald Trump. Although Klobuchar’s voting record is more left-wing than her image, she has notably not (yet) endorsed universal health care.
- Elizabeth Warren has officially launched her presidential campaign with a combative speech focused on making life better for the American working class.
- The Democratic political community is broadly and deeply pessimistic about Joe Biden‘s potential candidacy, McClatchy reports.
Among the Democrats officially undecided — but unofficially testing the waters — are:
- Joe Biden, former vice president
- Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York
- Sherrod Brown, senator from Ohio
- Steve Bullock, governor of Montana
- John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
- Eric Holder, former attorney general
- Jay Inslee, governor of Washington
- Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman
- Bernie Sanders, independent senator from Vermont
- Daniella Greenbaum Davis believes Klobuchar could be attractive to center-right voters disappointed in Trump.
- David A. Hopkins on why the candidates can’t be neatly divided into “lanes”.
- David Leonhardt argues Brown and Klobuchar are the two most electable candidates.
- Nate Silver on Klobuchar’s strengths and weaknesses.
- NBC on the fighter-versus-uniter dynamic in the Democratic Party.