Early Monday morning, Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar put on a brave face as she stepped on the stage in Salt Lake City in front of a small crowd of loyal followers- followers who knew that the Minnesota senator’s run was likely coming to an end.
Klobuchar officially suspended her campaign on Monday morning.
During the rally, it was evident that Klobuchar was no longer campaigning, but rather speaking from the heart about issues that were important to her including healthcare, social security, the environment, addiction, education, and more. She peppered her speech with the typical anecdotes and self-deprecating jokes about her height, but also shared more personal stories including her ties to the tragic Minnesota bridge accident in 2007 that killed 13 people and injured 145.
She took the opportunity to thank her volunteers, many of whom had shown up before sunrise to set up for what would be her final public appearance before officially ending her candidacy. She also expressed her gratitude for Utah Senator Mitt Romney for breaking party lines during the Trump vote.
Before thanking the crowd several times, she stressed the importance of moving America forward and focusing on “policy, not pipe dreams.” Less than an hour after the event, her campaign announced that she would be suspending her presidential bid and will fly to Dallas later to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden at a rally.
Her departure comes less than 24 hours after Pete Buttigieg’s shocking departure from the presidential race. Buttigieg has not formally endorsed anyone although it is rumored that he will be endorsing Biden.
Biden denied there was an organized effort around the dropouts, telling NBC News that “there is no official policy to try and talk other people out of the race. I think that’s a judgment for them to make. I’d resent being told, you know, well let’s consolidate, you get out.”
Writer’s note: I was at the Salt Lake City event and it was my privilege to watch Senator Klobuchar end her race with honor and dignity and on this second day of Women’s History Month, showing how far women have come in American politics.