Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, famous for her outspoken passion for women’s rights, officially announced that she is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run. Gillibrand made the announcement yesterday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“I’m going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” Gillibrand promised. She is running on a platform that is focused on “taking on institutional racism, … taking on the corruption and greed in Washington, and taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night, and I know that I have the compassion, courage, and fearless determination to get that done.”
It is expected that Gillibrand will make gender equality the key issue in her presidential bid. She has so far made a name for herself by highlighting issues facing women throughout her political career, including investigating how sexual assault is handled in the military and pushing for paid family leave.
Gillibrand has also long been an advocate of LGBTQ rights, including her work to help repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and she won the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign during her re-election to the U.S. Senate. Gillibrand is the third woman to announce a presidential run so far this year, following Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard.