Minnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has launched a three-day campaign swing through Iowa, starting last (Thursday) night with a stop at a diner in Urbandale. "We have had a lot of momentum in my campaign lately and we're pretty excited about that," Klobuchar says. "I found out we're (fifth) in Iowa...We're making the December debate, so that is our big momentum."
Her appearance came shortly after news that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing to enter the presidential race. Klobuchar told reporters she's not sure another candidate is needed, but she welcomed Bloomberg to the competition. "Does it bug me sometimes, as someone that doesn't come from money, that these guys can put all their own money in and run a bunch of ads? Yeah, it does. I would be lying if I said it didn't bother me..., but the American public many, many times has not gone for the richest person"
Bloomberg already has spent hundreds of millions of dollars from his fortune to build public support for action on climate change and gun legislation. If he does decide to run, Bloomberg would be the second billionaire in the Democratic presidential field. Klobuchar says it's sad that many races often boil down to who has the most money to spend, but Klobuchar says money isn't everything, "The more billionaires you get in the race, the more obvious that becomes. We already have a multi-millionaire in the White House. How has that worked out? Not very well."
Rick Smith of Urbandale, a long-time Democratic Party activist, has not chosen a candidate to support yet. Smith says a lot of things can happen between now and Caucus Night:
"I think the reason he's coming in here is because Biden is slipping a little bit and that leaves the top tier as Warren and Sanders. I think that scares the business community."
Smith says some activists may be moved by Bloomberg's activism on climate change and the millions he's spent pushing for universal background checks for gun purchases.
"That would excite me, but can you imagine the Bernie and the Warren supporters going for another billionaire?" Smith asked rhetorically. "I don't think so."
Sanders tweeted last night (Thurs) that the "billionaire class is scared -- and they should be." Smith introduced Klobuchar at last night's event. Klobuchar will campaign today (Friday) in Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Pocahontas and Sioux Center.