Katherine Pecora, Staff Writer
Kirsten Gillibrand, a 52-year-old Senator from New York, has recently made her bid for the White House as a moratorium on the Trump presidency. During her past 10 years in office, the New York lawmaker is mainly known for her advocacy within the #MeToo movement. Gillibrand announced her presidential run with a video posted on Twitter on Sunday, March 17. The senator joins a crowded democratic field aiming to make Trump a one-term president.
In January, the New York Democrat launched an exploration campaign which she announced on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Since then, she has visited many pivotal states. In her video, Gillibrand highlights her record against sexual assault in the military, and her economic wins with the Wall Street bailout. In her video, she states: “Brave doesn’t pit people against each other. Brave doesn’t put money over lives. Brave doesn’t spread hate. Cloud truth. Build a wall. That’s what fear does. We need to remember what it feels like to be brave.” In the background, images of President Trump and the National Rifle Association (NRA) play.
Gillibrand has positioned herself as an unapologetically liberal candidate, promoting policies such as universal healthcare, paid family leave, and support for the Green New Deal. She began making stops in some of the early primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. In the upcoming weeks she is scheduled to meet voters from New Hampshire, Nevada, and Michigan.
Gillibrand has described herself as a champion for women’s rights. In the Senate, she has become a strong advocate for women. She is known for introducing the FAMILY Act, aimed at providing 12 weeks paid leave for new parents. She was first elected to Congress in 2006, and her views have evolved during her time in Congress. She represented her district in New York, with more conservative leanings. As time went on, her ideas were deeply affected by her constituents that are directly affected by certain enacted policies. As a representative, Gillibrand was an advocate for gun rights, and had an “A” rating from the NRA. Since joining the Senate, she has changed her views, and is now in favor of stricter gun laws. Along the lines of campaign finance, she wishes to reverse Citizens United, and much like some others on the campaign trail, has pledged not to take money from corporate PAC’s.