Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

Gillibrand, who took over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat when former President Barack Obama named her Secretary of State, has been hesitant at times to take a hard stance against the Clintons, with whom she is friendly.

"I'm going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom I am gonna fight for other people's kids as hard as I fight for my own, which is why I believe health care is a right and not a privilege".

"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", the mother of two continued.

Senator Gillibrand plans to travel to the lead-off caucus state of Iowa later this week.

Gillibrand would join a Democratic presidential field beginning to take shape.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced on New Year's Eve that she had launched an exploratory committee to probe a 2020 bid.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a watch party November 6, when she was re-elected. Gillibrand said she wasn't going to run for president if she won re-election to the Senate, which she did easily.

"We certainly need oversight and accountability".

Officially, Gillibrand is filing to set up an exploratory committee which is the first step towards launching a full-scale presidential campaign. "You've never seen, in my opinion, an administration that has more corruption than this one, so they have to do their jobs".

But Gillibrand has distinguished herself in key ways.

Gillibrand backs a Medicare-for-all bill championed by Democratic party liberals. Cory Booker, Minnesota Sen. That provoked the ire of some Democrats, who saw Franken as a progressive hero standing up to Trump and said that Gillibrand had rushed to judgment before the accusations against Franken had been vetted. Also, her initial sponsorship for the anti-BDS bill was questioned at town halls by such radical anti-Israel groups as Jewish Voice for Peace and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, both of which support the BDS movement.

"We have to rise up and reclaim our values", she tweeted. The event, held outside the Supreme Court, was co-organized by anti-Israel radical and fellow Women's March leader Tamika Mallory. She has built a reputation in the Senate for standing up for victims of sexual violence.

In a December interview with CNN's Van Jones, she spoke out against White House's policy of separating migrant children from their parents and said that the president's "nasty language" wouldn't scare her away from a presidential bid.

In July, Gillibrand came out in favor of abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stating that it should be the "first thing" Democrats do if they retake the House and Senate in the 2018 midterm elections. "And I know that I have the compassion and the courage and the fearless determination to get that done". And do the anti-terrorism mission, the national security mission. "Well, why do you focus on issues that pertain to 52 percent of the population? These are civil issues, these are families". Over the intervening decade, Gillibrand has migrated leftward.

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.

In 2012, she recorded the largest victory in NY state history to serve her first full, six-year term as senator, began her second term after winning 67 per cent of the vote in the 2018 USA midterms.

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