The Senator informed the crowd her goal is to find out what Minnesotans want her to bring to Washington. "And that is where I'm going to be focused when I get up to Capitol Hill in a couple of hours", said Smith, who has only been serving in the Senate for five days.
Smith, the former Lieutenant Governor, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the Senate seat vacated by Al Franken in the face of misconduct allegations.
"It has been a very hard time for Minnesota as we have experienced change in an office that we really heavily rely on", Larson said. "I know that she will be a superb senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens". "They are a staff that is respected", Smith said. "And I believe the best way to do that is to be the best senator that I can be". "We need to look out for one another".More news: Centurion Test: South Africa all out for 335
"I'm ready to work", said Smith."We have great opportunities in this state and we have so much more work to make sure that those opportunities are broadly shared".
The "New Day" host asked Smith during her first national television interview about plans for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program replacement.
"Tina Smith will continue the long tradition of great Minnesota senators who have dedicated themselves to opportunity, fairness and improving the lives of working families - and the EMILY's List community is thrilled to endorse her campaign for Senate", Schriock added.More news: OR secures victory against Arizona by 18 - Recap, Box score
And the next thing she plans on focusing on when she heads back to Washington next week?
As the Dayton's decision to support Smith didn't come as a surprise, the decision to allow her another run in 2018 caught some of the on-lookers off-guard. "I think it would be a awful uphill climb - and I think these are the things she is weighing at this time", she offers. She is scheduled to meet Saturday morning in Duluth with local retirees whose pensions are at risk, then meet with Steelworkers in Eveleth to discuss mining and steel industry issues.
She's also concerned about the growing skills gap in Minnesota.More news: Swansea hold misfiring Newcastle to 1-1 draw
Smith also will meet with local officials in Mountain Iron to discuss the expansion of rural broadband service.