On Tuesday evening, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she will be running for the presidency.
During a segment on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Gillibrand said she plans to enter what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field as a fighter for women and children across the nation.
“I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own. Which is why I believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege,” Gillibrand said to Colbert, via ABC News. “It’s why I believe we should have better public schools for our kids because it shouldn’t matter what block you grow up on. And I believe that anybody who wants to work hard enough should be able to get whatever job training they need to earn their way into the middle class.”
“I’m filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight,” she added, per Reuters.
As ABC reports, the New York senator is the third woman to join the Democratic primary race. She joins Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who have taken steps towards an official bid.
Gillibrand has been in Congress since 2007, after first winning a congressional bid to represent New York’s 20th district. She was later appointed, in 2009, by former President Obama to finish then-senator Hillary Clinton’s term.
Here’s more on Gillibrand, per Politico:
“Most elected officials are reluctant to support candidates in a contested primary, but Kirsten is not afraid to stick her neck out,” Matthews said. “She’s built a network of women across the country who’ve run for office — winners and losers — who are inspired by her commitment and loyal to her.”
Gillibrand touted positions broadly popular in the Democratic Party in her announcement on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night, calling health care a right, not a privilege, and pledging to take on “the corruption and greed in Washington” and “the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night.”
“Gillibrand has made a career out of advocating for women — sexual assault in the military, equal pay, calling for Franken to resign — so it’s all authentic to her, and I think that will resonate with voters,” said Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic strategist who managed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. “2018 showed us that women are pissed off and they’re fired up, and that’s a powerful base that Gillibrand can tap into.”
Gillibrand starts at the back of the pack in early polls, and she will face competition from other candidates for support among Democratic women. “There are a lot of candidates who can make a credible pitch” to female voters, said Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist who served as the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party. “I think her strength will be among suburban, white women.”
Gillibrand was asked about a potential run during her 2018 midterm re-election effort where she said she was “solely focused” on staying in Congress. She said she would “continue to serve New Yorkers.”
The Daily Mail previously reported:
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand vowed to serve her full six-year term if she wins reelection in November, meaning she would not to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
She has been mentioned a possible presidential contender, given her strength as a fundraiser and prominent perch in the Senate as a female lawmaker who represents an influential state.
‘I will serve my six-year term,’ Gillibrand said when asked about a presidential bid during a debate in Manhattan Thursday night against her GOP challenger Chele Farley.
Gillibrand would not be the first presidential candidate to renege on such a pledge.
Then Sen. Barack Obama pledged in January 2006 he would not run for president in 2008. By October of that year he was walking back his promise and ultimately won the White House.
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