Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday she will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest candidate to enter what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field.

The New York Democrat, a longtime advocate for women in politics and a leader in the #MeToo movement supporting survivors of sexual assault, announced her decision to run for president on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", saying she will "fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own".

It will be many months before she and the couple dozen other Democrats likely to test the presidential waters will hit their stride and settle on a message and rhythm for delivering it that works on the campaign trail - and many months beyond that before anyone besides political junkies begin paying attention. Already, Gillibrand has plans to travel to the leadoff caucus state of Iowa later this week.

Mrs Gillibrand has one of the largest financial pools to draw from of possible 2020 candidates, with around $10m (£7.7m) in her campaign pocket following her re-election a year ago.

"I do believe in these moments of great darkness, of great pain, of great suffering, of great division, of great hatred, that all of us are called to do something, to change that, to restore the light, to restore what is good in our world", she continued.

Gillibrand was easily re-elected in November to her second full term. While it's still a year away, a number of Democratic candidates are taking early steps to run for president.

Among the other potential competitors in the Democratic race are former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, both of whom would enter the campaign with a solid bloc of supporters, and Senator Amy Klobuchar. Julian Castro announced he was running this weekend, while Hawaii's Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also revealed this weekend that she's likely planning to run.

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She has voted against Mr Trump more than almost all Democrats, and recent policies she has championed will likely form planks in her platform. "Let's be clear. It is not about hunters' rights, it's about money", Gillibrand said.

Once a more moderate Democrat during her time serving as a Congresswoman for rural upstate NY, she has since sharpened her political priorities, including a push for gun reform. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) who took the leap.

Colbert asked Gillibrand to name the first thing she would do as president. George Soros, a prominent Democratic funder, said that, as a result, she wouldn't be getting his support.

Critics, however, point out that Gillibrand's pointed remark that former Senator Al Franken should resign after allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced, was instrumental in forcing the liberal stalwart out of office. She gave examples of her own bipartisanship, such as working on sexual harassment legislation with a Republican unpopular with Democrats.

She also was one of the leading Democratic voices against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation fight previous year. She claims that she went through a process of "learning more and expanding my views". But if Democrats nominate her and possibly even send her to the White House, which one will they get?

She told CBS's "60 Minutes" past year that she was "wrong" about her previous stances on gun control and was "embarrassed" by them.

"I know a lot of people who love and respect him, and I'm one of them", she said. "And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn't have been more wrong".