Though I never anticipated this moment, I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward.
Smith was appointed to replace Al Franken, who resigned last week after weeks of allegations of sexual misconduct.
"The visits that I'm doing today and tomorrow are really focused on economic development and creating opportunity for Minnesotans", said Smith. "I couldn't be happier or more proud of our state that we get the wonderful representation from Tina".
Steven Schier, a political science professor at the Carleton College said that Smith brings with her a promise of bringing a "very different temperament". "I will be a fierce advocate in the United States Senate for economic opportunity and fairness for all Minnesotans".
The "New Day" host asked Smith during her first national television interview about plans for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program replacement.
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Franken, who had apologised for any offence he may have given and had offered to undergo an ethics investigation by the Senate, has been one of the most popular Democratic senators and his name had begun to be heard in discussions about a possible presidential run in 2020. Smith will have to balance the workload of the Senate with pressures of a campaign.
Smith herself said during a press conference at the Minnesota capitol this past December, "The work that I did at Planned Parenthood helped provide health insurance, health care, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and cancer screenings to thousands and thousands and thousands of women". "I think it would be a bad uphill climb - and I think these are the things she is weighing at this time", she offers.
Even though she's "hit the ground running", Smith does not have much time to make a mark in Senate.
Saturday, Smith will also be making a number of appearances in the area, including on the Iron Range.