U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has launched her campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination to oppose President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
She formally launched her bid Sunday morning, not with a big speech, but instead with a video that poses the question, “WIll brave win?”
“We need a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices,” Gillibrand says in the video. “Someone who isn’t afraid of progress.”
The lawmaker is set to deliver her first major speech next week in front of Trump International Hotel in New York City.
She gave an indication in the video of the issues she will focus on during her campaign. “We launched ourselves into space and landed on the moon. If we can do that, we can definitely achieve universal health care,”she said. “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.”
She joins a large group of presidential hopefuls that includes, among many others, some of her fellow female lawmakers: Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kamala Harris of California, along with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009. She filled the New York Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, but since then has won three elections to retain the seat.