MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) - Senator Amy Klobuchar told ABC News Sunday morning that she's thinking about a possible Presidential run in 2020.
Sen. Klobuchar was in action at a press conference Sunday highlighting her efforts to address chronic wasting disease.
When asked about a possible run for the country’s highest office, she kept the focus on deer, however.
Klobuchar sounded the alarm on the spread of the fatal brain disease in deer.
“What we need to do is get to the bottom of what’s going on with chronic wasting disease, why we’re seeing more of it in Minnesota and what we can do to stop the spread,” Klobuchar said.
Chronic wasting disease first surfaced in wild deer herds in southeast Minnesota in 2010. There’s no cure and no vaccine.
“I join with Republican Sen. Roger Wicker from Mississippi to urge the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to do two things, first of all to expand their national tracking and mapping of this disease and secondly to establish standards for transporting deer across the state lines,” she said.
While her afternoon was dedicated to deer, her statement on national television Sunday morning still had everyone buzzing.
Klobuchar admitted, for the first time publicly, that she’s considering a run for President in 2020.
“People are talking about this I think, in part, because I’ve worked really hard to go not just where it’s comfortable, but where it’s uncomfortable. And we did well in a number of those places where Donald Trump won,” she said on ABC’s This Week.
“This is sort of testing the waters to see if anyone is actually interested,” said Hamline University Political Science Professor David Shultz.
Shultz says Klobuchar could be one of about a dozen Democrats looking to face off against President Trump.
“Her challenge is going to be, 'how does she distinguish herself from a lot of these other candidates who have higher profiles, higher name recognition and perhaps maybe leads or advantages already in terms of fundraising,'” he said.
Schultz says that the field of Democratic contenders could begin to take shape as soon as March of next year.
For now, Klobuchar stopped short of officially throwing her hat in the ring.
“Because I’m at the federal office right now, I’d get in big trouble for talking about other things, but I’ll just say that I’ll let you know when I make any kind of decision, but for right now we are talking about deer. Thanks,” the senator said.
Buzz about a possible Presidential run began to get loud after the senator visited Iowa last month to campaign for a house candidate in that state. Shultz says although it may seem like 2020 is far off in the distance, it's not.
The Iowa caucuses are 13 months away.