Courtesy of NPR:
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is running for president, joining a growing number of Democrats who are seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020.
Gillibrand announced her decision on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying she is filing her exploratory committee for the White House on Tuesday evening.
“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 told Colbert. “Which is why I believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege. It’s why I believe we should have better public schools for our kids because it shouldn’t matter what block you grow up on. And I believe that anybody who wants to work hard enough should be able to get whatever job training they need to earn their way into the middle class.”
“But you are never going to accomplish any of these things if you don’t take on the systems of power that make all of that impossible — which is taking on institutional racism, it’s taking on the corruption and greed in Washington, taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night,” Gillibrand continued. “And I know that I have the compassion, the courage and fearless determination to get that done.”
Look I think that Senator Gillibrand has many admirable qualities, and if she becomes the nominee I will support her 100% because these are serious times and we need to stand together.
However, I cannot help but recognize the loss of another great Democrat who may have been the perfect choice to run against Donald Trump in 2020.
And that was Senator Al Franken who had the intellect, the name recognition, and the gravitas to stand on any debate stage in the country and hand Tangerine Hitler his ass.
But that opportunity will not present itself during this campaign season and we all know why that is the case.
So I wish Kirsten Gillibrand well, but I will not be supporting her campaign anytime soon.