Klobuchar deflects questions about possible presidential run

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  • February 20, 2014 - 9:05 AM

While deflecting questions about a possible presidential bid of her own, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she’s excited about the possibility of former Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016.

“I love the job that I have right now and it really looks like Hillary Clinton may be running on our side and that’s exciting,” Klobuchar said in a C-SPAN “American Profile” interview. “But she hasn’t said, so I’m not making any news here.”

Last year, all of the female Democratic senators, including Klobuchar, signed a letter to Clinton encouraging her to run for president. The letter was meant to be a show of support, urging Clinton to do what much of the Democratic Party assumes she will.

Klobuchar and Clinton served in the Senate together before President Obama appointed her as Secretary of State.

While Klobuchar said she is flattered by speculative talk about her being a presidential candidate, she wants to focus on serving in the Senate.

“It’s an honor to have people think of you in that way, but I think one of things I’ve learned is that you have to keep your eye on what you’re doing and enjoy what you’re doing and be humble about what you’re doing,” Klobuchar said in the C-SPAN interview.

“If other opportunities open up, great. But people that just spend their entire time looking for the next step, looking for the next climb they can make to a different hill, they always find out ... that the grass isn’t always greener and they don’t enjoy or do well at what they’re doing. So that’s always been my philosophy.”

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