52-year-old #MeToo advocate announces she's running for president in the 2020 race
New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand announced her intention to run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination for 2020.
The junior United States Senator for New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, is following in the footsteps of her predecessor Hilary Clinton in more ways than one.
Gillibrand too has ambitions of becoming the first woman President of the United States of America, and she has declared her intentions of running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination for the 2020 election.
“You have to start by restoring what’s been lost, restoring our leadership in the world.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
A UNIFYING FIGURE ACROSS PARTY LINES
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made her announcement on January 15, 2019, to talk show host Stephen Colbert.on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert".
Gillibrand, who is well known for championing the #MeToo movement, validated her claim to the Presidency, preseting herself as a leader capable of reaching across party lines to unite the country.
Tonight I announced that I’m preparing to run for president, because I believe we’re all called to make a difference. I believe in right vs. wrong – that wrong wins when we do nothing. Now is our time to raise our voices and get off the sidelines. Join me: https://t.co/I1vp93u0wh— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 15, 2019
One of Gillibrand running points may be her pet project to provide Americans with paid family leave
ALIGNING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WITH POWER FOR WOMEN
Gillibrand, 52, indicated that her campaign will emphasize the Democratic Party as an avenue for garnering political influence and power for American women.
The Senator has been a fierce champion for women's issues and was one of the few Democrats to call for former President Bill Clinton's resignation over his sexual misconduct in the Lewinsky affair.
I believe this country needs a movement rooted in compassion and courage. We want an America defined by strength of character, not weakness of ego. We need to protect our basic rights and fight for better health care, education and jobs. And I believe I'm the woman for the job.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 15, 2019
GILLIBRAND PROMISES TO FIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN
Gillibrand, who is the mother of 2 boys - Theodore, 16, and Henry, 11 - has vowed to fight for America's children as fiercely as she would fight for her own.
She has stated that health care, education, and job training would be priority issues for her presidency if she won the election.
When someone reports sexual assault or harassment, as a first step, we must listen and believe them so all allegations can be investigated fairly and properly. But @BetsyDeVosED’s draft rules on Title IX weaken protections for survivors and discourage reports of abuse in schools.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 10, 2019
FIGHTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND INSTITUTIONALISED DISCRIMINATION
Gillibrand.will also be taking on institutional racism, corruption and greed in Washington, and continue the crusade she started in 2013 to provide a safe harrassment-free environment for women in the Armed Forces.
One of Gillibrand running points may be her pet project to provide Americans with paid family leave - a bill she has intruduced to Congress several times, only to see it denied.
Gillibrand's bill is called the FAMILY Act, and proposes that new mothers and fathers be given 12 weeks of paid family leave, financed by a payroll tax.
It remains to be seen if SenatorGillibrand can unify women's vote across Party lines in a way that Hilary Clinton failed to do.
JULIAN CASTRO ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE PRESIDENCY IN 2020
Senator Gillibrand will be facing a staunch adversary for the Democratic ticket in former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro.
Castro officially launched his campaign for the presidency on January 12, 2019, at a rally in San Antonio.
"I'm running for president because it's time for new leadership, new energy and it's time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities I've had are available to every American."
Castro's proposals will include expanding Medicare to allow access for all, and fighting for access to affordable housing.
Castro has vowed that he will not accept campaign donations from political action committees.
In a related story, Michelle Obama declared that ‘everybody is qualified’ to run for president of the United States in 2020.