Sen. Amy Klobuchar plans Iowa visit this month, as she considers a run for president

Tony Leys
The Des Moines Register
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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar hasn't said if she'll run for president, but she's returning to Iowa later this month.

The Minnesota senator is scheduled to give the headline address at the Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet and Fundraiser on Feb. 21, party officials said Tuesday.

Andrea Phillips, vice chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party and an Ankeny resident, praised Klobuchar for choosing to speak to Democrats from the suburb north of Des Moines. “Ankeny is exactly the kind of suburb Democrats need to win to be successful in 2020,” Phillips said in a news release. “People think of Ankeny as being conservative, but it’s trending Democratic.”

Klobuchar's staff confirmed the appearance.

The Minnesotan has joked that she can "see Iowa from my house," and she has made several visits to the state, home to the first-in-the-nation caucuses. In December, she spoke at the Iowa Farmers Union convention in Perry, where she touted her experience in rural issues.

Four other U.S. senators have already announced they are running for the Democratic nomination for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks to the Iowa Farmers Union Dec. 1, 2018.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Des Moines: Dinner at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Ankeny Area Democrats Winter Banquet and Fundraiser. The United Auto Workers of America Local 450, 4589 Northwest Sixth Drive, Des Moines. Tickets are $30.

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