Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert that she was forming an exploratory committee just days before she heads to the critical state of Iowa.
"That's why I believe we should have better public schools for our kids, it shouldn't matter what block you grow up on", she continued. 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.
Four Democrats - three of them women - have made clear steps towards a formal campaign in recent weeks, and many more including several of Gillibrand's Senate colleagues, an anti-Trump billionaire businessman and former vice president Joe Biden are waiting in the wings. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is also running, as is Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
She went on to say she believed in heath care as a right and had the courage to fight the systems of "institutional racism" and "corruption and greed in Washington"-she has been in Congress since 2007-that made it hard for people to rise into the middle class".
Near the end of their interview, Colbert presented Gillibrand with a basket of campaign gifts, including an ear of yellow corn to wave in Iowa, a piece of granite for New Hampshire and a one-of-a-kind button that reads "I announced on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Gillibrand has made a name for herself on the issue of sexual assault in the military, and she also led the charge to call on Sen.
Gillibrand has already stacked her campaign with a number of top hires who were speaking with other contenders.
She is expected to set up her headquarters in Troy, New York, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
"She's the only person I've ever seen who loved guns more than any human being on Earth when she was a congresswoman from upstate NY back then", quipped President Trump in an Oval Office interview with The Post. George Soros, a prominent Democratic funder, said that, as a result, she wouldn't be getting his support.
She has also been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formed the second tier of favorites, according to the Des Moines Register/CNN poll.
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After Gillibrand called for Trump's resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him, Trump slammed the senator with language that Gillibrand called a "sexist smear".
In a dig at Trump, Gillibrand said the first thing she would do if elected to the White House is "restore what's been lost" like the "integrity and compassion of this country".
Gillibrand responded by calling the tweet a "a sexist smear meant to silence me".
"It's not about any one president, and it's not about any one industry", Gillibrand said past year on "The View" when asked if she regretted campaigning with Bill Clinton.
Her steady march to 2020 hit a few bumps along the way, however.
In November 2017, she told The New York Times she thought former president Bill Clinton should have resigned from office during his term, after reports of his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky came to light.
"I will serve my six-year term", she said during a Senate debate when asked about her 2020 plans. Franken quit following allegations - one of which included photographic evidence - that he touched women inappropriately. "That's why I believe healthcare should be a right and not a privilege".
"I'm filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight", Gillibrand said in an appearance on CBS's "The Late Show".
"Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction", Gillibrand said in an interview with The New York Times.