FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) greets prospects whereas campaigning for president at Revelstoke Espresso in Harmony, New Hampshire, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PictureReuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand formally launched her presidential bid on Sunday morning, saying she’s going to ship her first main speech subsequent week in entrance of Trump Worldwide Resort in New York Metropolis.
Gillibrand, who launched an exploratory committee earlier this yr as a precursor, joins greater than a dozen different Democrats who’ve already formally entered the competition to win the nomination to problem Republican President Donald Trump within the November 2020 election.
“We need a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices. Someone who isn’t afraid of progress,” Gillibrand says in a video launched Sunday morning to formalize her entry into the marketing campaign. “That’s why I’m running for president. And it’s why I’m asking you for your support.”
Gillibrand, 52, had already been campaigning in key states that maintain early major contests. She has struggled to see her polling numbers improve within the wake of her preliminary announcement, a profit a few of her different opponents loved after beginning their campaigns. Gillibrand stays at 1 p.c in most public opinion polls of the Democratic major.
Gillibrand opted to make use of a video as an alternative of a speech at a rally, the normal methodology, to formally launch her marketing campaign. She is going to journey on Monday to marketing campaign in Michigan, adopted by stops in key early contest states of Iowa and Nevada.
On March 24, Gillibrand will ship a launch speech in her residence state in entrance of Trump Worldwide Resort in New York Metropolis, to take “her positive, brave vision of restoring America’s moral integrity straight to President Trump’s doorstep,” her marketing campaign stated.
The launch video launched Sunday morning alludes to a number of coverage debates, together with immigration, gun management and local weather change.
“We launched ourselves into space and landed on the moon. If we can do that, we can definitely achieve universal health care,” Gillibrand stated within the video. “We can provide paid family leave for all, end gun violence, pass a Green New Deal, get money out of politics and take back our democracy.”
Gillibrand has sought to place herself as a unifying determine who can attraction to rural voters.
Some within the Democratic celebration consider an institution determine who can attraction to centrist voters is the best way to victory. Others argue a contemporary face, and notably a various one, is required to energise the celebration’s more and more left-leaning base.
Gillibrand was a member of the centrist and fiscally conservative Blue Canine Coalition whereas within the Home of Representatives. Her positions grew to become extra liberal after she was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton in New York when Clinton grew to become former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
Gillibrand then received the seat in a particular election and was re-elected to six-year phrases in 2012 and 2018. She has attributed the ideology shift to representing a liberal state versus a extra conservative district.
As a senator, Gillibrand was outspoken about rape within the army and campus sexual assault years earlier than the #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual harassment and assault first arose in 2017.
In late 2017, as she pushed for a invoice altering how Congress processes and settles sexual harassment allegations made by staffers, some distinguished celebration leaders criticized her for being the primary Democratic senator to induce the resignation of Senator Al Franken, who was accused of groping and kissing ladies with out their consent.
Throughout the identical interval, Gillibrand stated Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Invoice Clinton, ought to have resigned from the White Home after his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to his impeachment by the Home. Some criticized the senator for attacking the Clintons, who had supported her political profession.
(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Enhancing by Nick Zieminski)
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