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ICYMI: Video: Senator Gillibrand on why she’s the best candidate to take on President Trump | CBS This Morning

March 4, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined CBS This Morning today to discuss International Women’s Day and her campaign for president.

Gillibrand hit on several issues core to her candidacy, including:

  • Her unique ability to both beat President Trump and bring our country back together. [2:45]
  • Her record of finding common ground to get things done, such as passing the 9/11 health bill, leading the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and passing eighteen bills under President Trump. [3:30]
  • Her support for the Green New Deal, and her plan to get Republicans on board. [4:20]


Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s the “best candidate” to take on Trump | CBS News
By Emily Tillet
March 4, 2019


While Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, has not fully committed to throwing her hat in the already jam-packed 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, she says that she’s the “best candidate” to take on President Trump and fully expects to run against the sitting president next year. She told “CBS This Morning” that she can take on the Republican while reaching out to every American “no matter where you live.”

“So the truth is, I am the best candidate to run against President Trump because I can bring this country back together. I can not only inspire the base on progressive issues that I’m running on like actually passing a Green New Deal, Medicare for all – health care is a right, not a privilege – but also being able to reach out to those red and purple voters to be heard and to have them come to the table and be represented,” Gillibrand said on Monday.

The Democrat was confident she could gain support from her Republican colleagues on issues like the environment and health care in a highly partisan Congress. She cited her past work passing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to assist first responders with the support of conservative members and her 2-to-1 run in a Republican district in upstate New York.

“You have to find common ground, you have to be able to reach across the aisle, listen, find out where you agree and build from there,” she added.

[…]  Asked why she hasn’t committed to a full 2020 campaign yet, Gillibrand told CBS that she’s taking the time to travel around the country to talk to people about what’s on their minds.

“What’s happening in this country is devastating. President Trump has created such divisions, such darkness, such hate, and we need someone who can restore what has been lost, that moral integrity, that leadership in the world and I’m running because as a mom of young kids, I really think we need a president that will fight for other people’s children, their communities, their families in the same way you would fight for your own,” she said.