Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

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Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Tuesday, telling television host Stephen Colbert that she's launching an exploratory committee.

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".

Kirsten Gillibrand reversed her position on allowing illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses only a day after she announced that she would be seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020. On Friday, she will travel to Sioux City, Iowa for her first public event in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Politico reports that Gillibrand has $10.5 million left over from her recent, successful Senate re-election campaign, which should be enough to kickstart her presidential electioneering. "But the truth is, if we are defending this behavior but not that behavior, and talking about this, the gradations between sexual assault versus harassment versus groping, and then where on the body you're groping - I just don't think that's the right conversation to be having".

But Mr Trump isn't the only man Senator Gillibrand has called on to step down, and her outspokenness and consistency has put her at odds with many within her own party.

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'I am going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own...' Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has already announced an exploratory committee - and the ever-growing field of additional candidates, which already includes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Gillibrand has been a leading Trump critic and endeared herself to the anti-Trump resistance by being the Senate Democrat who voted most consistently against the president's nominees. In 2009 she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's US Senate seat, when the latter became secretary of state. That being said, she is now the third Democratic candidate that is a female! When she was appointed to the Senate in 2009, Gillibrand said, "It's an important part of upstate NY". The campaign also signed a lease for a campaign headquarters in Troy, N.Y., a suburb of Albany where Gillibrand's family lives.

Asked to square her past stances with her record today as one of the most liberal members of the Senate, Gillibrand said she would tell voters to "look at my heart" and that "it's important to know when you're wrong, and to do what's right". George Soros, a prominent Democratic funder, said that, as a result, she wouldn't be getting his support. "I mean, Ted Cruz and I agree on how to end sexual harassment in Congress and wrote a bill together which ultimately was passed unanimously", Gillibrand said. That she isn't one by background or disposition is obvious to everyone who's followed her career. She claims that she went through a process of "learning more and expanding my views".

"The first thing I would do is restore what's been lost - the integrity and the compassion of this country", Gillibrand said. At her campaign announcement on Wednesday morning, a reporter asked about her likability (after calling her pretty) and inquired as to whether or not that could benefit her in the race.



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