ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is offering a muted response to the announcement that a Republican has stepped forward to challenge her re-election next year.

A campaign spokesman for the first-term Democrat reacted Monday to news that former state Rep. Dan Severson has launched his campaign. Klobuchar’s team says she’ll remain focused on work in the Senate, including “a reasonable bipartisan plan to reduce the debt.”

Spokesman Justin Buoen stressed that the election is more than a year off.

Severson is the first GOP entrant, but he might not be the only one. Several Republicans are weighing bids. The nominee won’t be chosen until next summer.

State GOP chairman Tony Sutton said in a news release that Klobuchar may be a likeable public official but she’s far from unbeatable.

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Comments (13)
  1. ohoh says:

    Didn’t Ms klobuchar vote for the trillion dollar spending spree? Now she wants “reasonable” spending plan with the GOP? What is reasonable to this woman another trillion to bring over more Somali’s. She has even extended the visa’s for Somali’s who should have gone home. How much is that costing us taxpayers?

    1. MNTP says:

      She needs the votes from those Somolis to stay in office. We don’t deport illegal alien Muslims anymore, we send them to the White House.

      1. stace34 says:

        Nice racist rant. But Obama, who by the way if you have not heard has a birth certicate (not that facts matter to you), has family from Kenya not Somolia. They are 2 totally different countries. Plus the majority of Somolis are here legally. (again not that actual facts seem to matter to you.)

        1. markH says:

          I’m getting a bit tired of this “racism” rant from the uninformed and mildly educated out there. Let’s everyone get one thing straight-a Muslim is not a race, it is a religion and has cultural implications-the one thing it is NOT is a race.

          1. Thank you markH says:

            Facts like that only irritate ignorant biggots

      2. Mel Thompson says:

        Wow! You can always tell the “free-thinkers” from the “Faux spews followers” cant ya? What an incredibly ignorant thing to say……sheesh!

    2. Max says:

      The misinformation people post……Visas were extended for Liberians, not Somalians. I believe most Somalis have refugee status.

      1. ohoh says:

        Exactly, she deemed it unssafe for them to go back at this time. Sorry Max it was the Somali’s. You know, the terrorists.

  2. GOPSUX says:

    Tony Sutton reminds me of Jabba the Hut.

  3. bobo says:

    The only reason Klobuchar got elected is because her father was Jim Klobuchar and she was smart enough to keep her maiden name. While she was Hennepin County attorney crime zoomed upward exponentially, She has nothing on her resume at all that would qualify her for a senate seat. Altho she is more qulaified to be president than Obama…but that is like saying MN winters are cold. Factual but not informative. Since going into the senate she has done nothing for MN or the country. The only thing I can say for her is that she looks good compared to damn fool Al Franken.

    1. MARK says:

      “The only reason Klobuchar got elected is because her father was Jim Klobuchar and she was smart enough to keep her maiden name.” I voted for Amy Klobuchar and I’ve never even heard of someone named Jim Klobuchar.

      “She has nothing on her resume at all that would qualify her for a senate seat.” How about her years in the US Senate? How many Senate terms has Dan Severson served again?

  4. GOPSUX says:

    Is this the some boob who ran as “doc” severson? if so, it’s the same old gop nonsensical garbage.

  5. @ CAN I SUX SOME GOP says:

    I got something for you to suck on.

    You need to get a job.

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