Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar set to join 2020 race

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2109 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race later Sunday.

She would become the most prominent Midwestern candidate as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

The three-term senator is set to discuss her plans at an afternoon event in Minneapolis.

In remarks released before that event, she says: "'I'm asking you to join us on this campaign." She's citing the need to "heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good."

Klobuchar is pointing to her record of working with Republicans, and says the country is tired of what she calls "the shutdowns and the putdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding."