And remarkably, it doesn’t feel like a big deal.
The fifth female lawmaker to enter the 2020 presidential race officially announced her candidacy on Sunday — and remarkably, this historic moment doesn’t even seem like a huge deal.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined the ranks of top-tier Democratic women to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, highlighting her working-class roots and wide regional appeal at a wintry campaign launch event in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard had all previously announced that they’re running for the Democratic nomination. You can also add to that list political outsider Marianne Williamson, Oprah’s spiritual adviser and self-proclaimed “bitch for God,” who formally announced her candidacy last month.
Never before have two female candidates faced off at a televised presidential debate; this year there could be at least six.
That’s just one of the many record-breaking moments to come in what promises to be a historic 2020 season. Yes, two white men are the highest-polling Democrats in early 2020 rankings, despite the fact that either have yet to announce their candidacies. But the crowded field of Democrats vying for the party’s nomination is more racially and ethnically diverse than any seen before. Depending on how the first few months of campaigning go for some of these candidates, ballots in many states won’t be dominated by the names of older white men as is typically the case.