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Gillibrand on 2020: 'I will give it a long, hard thought'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/9/2018 Diana Stancy Correll
Kirsten Gillibrand looking at the camera: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. © J. Scott Applewhite Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says she's thinking hard about a 2020 presidential bid, after vowing last month she would serve her full six-year Senate term if she was reelected in the 2018 midterm.

Gillibrand was asked on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" if she might now be turning her attention to "another election," alluding to 2020.

“I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans,” Gillibrand said Thursday night. “So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”

Gillibrand said earlier in the interview that President Trump’s time in office has motivated her to “to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country.”

Gillibrand has previously dismissed questions about the possibility of a 2020 campaign, but said Tuesday evening after securing her Senate victory that her win was “only the beginning.”

“This is only the beginning, and I can't wait to keep fighting alongside you,” Gillibrand said in a text to supporters.

Gillibrand first joined the Senate in 2009 after Hillary Clinton was nominated to serve as Secretary of State in the Obama administration.


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