Klobuchar going to Iowa

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is getting a little early buzz as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is heading to Iowa.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo For the Washington Post)

Klobuchar will headline the North Iowa Democrats' 10th Annual Wing Ding on Aug. 16 in Clear Lake, the state party announced Wednesday.

The event brings together activists from seven counties in the northern part of the state.

It's worth noting that Clear Lake is just two hours south of Minneapolis, so it's not like Klobuchar is traveling great distances. But any visit to Iowa must be appropriately looked upon as a potential toe in the water when it comes to the next presidential race.

In addition, the focus of the night will be a more high-profile potential 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who will be awarded the group's Annual Beacon Award. (Clinton is not expected to attend, however.)

Klobuchar is well-respected among her Senate colleagues but spent her first term focused on her home state and didn't build much of a national profile. She won reelection by 34 points in 2012.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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