TROY – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Wednesday promised a reform-minded presidential campaign, even as Republicans pointed out how often the New York Democrat has reformed her own views over the years. Standing outside what she called her favorite family diner on a gray and frigid morning, Gillibrand met with reporters to fill in the details of a coming campaign that she unveiled a night earlier on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS. Like many of the Democrats expected to join a huge field of candidates aiming to take on President Trump, Gillibrand stressed health care for all, lower drug prices, better education and job training as issues central to her campaign. But she said one big fix is needed to make progress on all those issues. "You have to be able to take on the corruption in Washington," she said. "You have to be able to take on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night, not for you and me, not for the people, but for those with the … [Read more...] about In presidential run, Kirsten Gillibrand vows for reform as critics cite flip-flops
NEW YORK — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, freshly elected to a second full term as New York's junior senator, said Tuesday she's launching an exploratory committee for a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "It's an important first step," she said in an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS. "It's one that I'm taking because I am going to run." Gillibrand, 52, told Colbert that she's running to take on the money-driven political system and reform it to put the American people first. "I know I have the competence, the courage and the fearless determination to get that done," she said. Asked what she would do if she wins, Gillibrand spelled out a vision of the presidency that she said stands in contrast to President Trump, a Republican. "The first thing I would do is restore what's been lost: the integrity and the compassion in this country," she said. Touting her bipartisan efforts to pass a health bill for people who survived the 9/11 terror … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand to Stephen Colbert: ‘I’m going to run’ for president
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York appears to be edging closer to launching a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Gillibrand is planning to travel to Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus, next weekend, three sources told Politico. In addition, the Associated Press reported that Gillibrand is considering setting up a presidential campaign headquarters in Troy, near her Rensselaer County home. New York's junior senator, Gillibrand has made it increasingly clear in recent months that she is considering a presidential campaign. "I'm definitely thinking about it, of course," she told CNN in December. "I'm going to think about it over the holidays with my children and my husband, and I will make a decision soon." But unlike Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – who made her first trip to Iowa recently – Gillibrand has not yet set up a presidential exploratory committee. Gillibrand is expected to join a historically huge slate of … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand appears to move closer to presidential run
WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Thursday joined a growing list of officials protesting the Trump administration's plan to reduce the number of agencies bringing refugees to Buffalo. “Buffalo’s refugee resettlement agencies help ease their transition to life in America," said Gillibrand, a New York Democrat. "The latest move by the Trump Administration to shut down these agencies is another shameful attack by this President on our values. Our state has always welcomed people from all over the world, and I am calling on the Department of State to reject any plan to close resettlement agencies in New York.” Gillibrand's comments referred to a state department plan that could result in one or two of Buffalo's four refugee resettlement agencies no longer doing that work starting in 2019. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Rep. Brian Higgins lodged similar protests. … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand protests refugee cutbacks
This year's race between Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand – a possible Democratic presidential candidate – and Republican Chele Farley looks, on the surface, like a mismatch. Don't tell that to Farley, who's running a spirited but underfunded race against one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. To hear Farley tell it, Gillibrand's national prominence is the very reason voters ought to throw her out of the Senate. "She's focused on raising her profile to run for president, but what I care about is that she hasn't accomplished anything for New York," Farley said. Gillibrand begs to differ. Her office churned out a 12-page list of accomplishments that she said would benefit the state, such as legislation boosting rural broadband, studying waterfront erosion on the Great Lakes and funding construction at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. "I think what voters understand about me is that I really understand upstate," she said. "I understand the issues," such as agriculture and … [Read more...] about Chele Farley an underdog to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand? Not if you ask her.