Why Kirsten?

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We need to do more than just defeat President Trump—we have to restore moral integrity to America’s leadership.

We’re at a turning point in our country’s history, and we all have to decide where we go from here. Kirsten believes that in the face of division and hate, we need a movement rooted in compassion and courage.

With such a strong and exciting field of candidates running for the Democratic nomination, why is Kirsten the woman for the job? Because of who she is, what she’s accomplished and who she would be fighting for as president.

She has the courage to take on tough fights and do the right thing.

Kirsten has never backed down from fighting for what’s right, no matter what powerful entity stands in her way or how many feathers she has to ruffle.

She has the strongest anti-Trump record in the Senate, and she’s voted against more Cabinet and judicial nominees than any other senator has. She’s refused to back down, even when others bend—whether that’s to protect Dreamers and keep immigrant families together, to take care of 9/11 first responders or to defend reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood.

For Kirsten, policies that help working families and women are a priority, not an afterthought. She’s introduced the FAMILY Act—which would create a national paid leave program for all workers—in every Congress since 2013. She’s also fought for affordable child care, universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and the MOMS Act to reduce maternal mortality—policies that would benefit all women and help reverse injustices against women of color.

Kirsten isn’t afraid to lead on an issue if it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s politically inconvenient or difficult. She has led the fight to get justice and accountability for sexual assault survivors—in our military, on college campuses and in Congress. She has never hesitated to take on those in power—from the Pentagon and major universities to President Trump and her own party—in order to stand up for women and survivors.

Since her first day in the House of Representatives, Kirsten has taken historic steps to increase transparency in Congress. She pledged not to take privately funded travel and was the first person in Congress to make her official meetings public. She was criticized for bucking Washington conventions, but instead of backing down, she went further—making her personal financial disclosures and earmark requests public, too. In the Senate, she wrote and secured the passage of the STOCK Act, which finally made it illegal for members of Congress, their families and their staff to profit from insider information and trading. She’s always believed that Congress is accountable to Americans, not to special interests or donors, and that no elected official should be above the law.

In the wake of the 2008 economic crash, Kirsten was warned against antagonizing Wall Street as a New York congresswoman. She voted against the bank bailout twice and supported the Dodd-Frank Act anyway. She knows that many of the biggest ideas and most important fights—enacting a Green New Deal, stopping gun violence, getting Medicare for All and reducing prescription drug costs, reining in corporate greed, taking on institutional racism—are going to require standing up to powerful industries, monied interests and lobbyists. She’s never backed down from that challenge and never will.

In 2010, Kirsten was a leader in the effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and finally allow LGBTQ people to serve openly in our military. Today, she continues to fight for the rights of transgender service members against bigoted and counterproductive attacks.

She brings people together and delivers results.

Finding common ground doesn’t mean compromising your values. Kirsten has  worked tenaciously to build consensus around progressive, commonsense policies that make a difference for families.

Kirsten has stood up to the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress—earning her an “F” rating from the NRA—and has brought Democrats and Republicans together to make progress on legislation to reduce gun violence. Her bill to make gun trafficking a federal crime and prevent guns from getting into the hands of dangerous criminals, terrorists and domestic abusers is one of the only recent pieces of legislation on gun violence prevention to get bipartisan support.

After years of congressional inaction while 9/11 first responders and survivors fell ill and died from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, Kirsten took up the fight to secure health care and compensation for our heroes. As a first-term senator, she doggedly built support for her bill from both sides of the aisle and got it passed—unanimously.

Kirsten is an effective leader because she knows how to govern. She’s willing to work with anyone to get things done on important policy—like working with Sen. Ted Cruz on anti-sexual harassment legislation.

Kirsten has gone up against powerful opponents before, and she’s beaten them against all odds. In her first congressional race, Kirsten chose to run against an incumbent Republican congressman in a district with a 2-1 Republican majority . She ran on progressive values even by today’s standards—Medicare for All and getting out of Iraq—and she won. In 2012, in her first Senate election since being appointed, she won the largest share of the vote in New York history, even outperforming President Obama. In 2018, she was one of only three U.S. senators to outperform the House Democrats in their respective states.

Kirsten is the right candidate to take on President Trump because she can bring people together and win. She will go anywhere to fight for her values and progressive causes and still win blue, purple and red districts. In 2018, she won 52% of the vote in counties that had voted for Trump in 2016, flipping 18 Trump counties in total.

She listens and leads with compassion.

Kirsten’s guiding principle as a leader is that holding elected office is public service. She believes that our leaders are sent to Washington to help people, and if that’s not at the center of what they do, they don’t deserve to hold the office. As used to be the case for the commander in chief, her priority will always be what’s in the best interest of the American people—and if she’s wrong, she’s willing to say so.

Kirsten believes that our biggest problems stem from leaders not listening to or looking out for their constituents—they’re beholden to the special interests that fund their campaigns rather than the people they represent. That’s why she’s not taking any money from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists, and she doesn’t want an individual super PAC. She wants to restore the power in our democracy to the people of this country, and that’s how she’s running her own campaign.

One of Kirsten’s first acts as a New York senator was meeting with mothers in Brooklyn who’d lost children in shootings and seeing firsthand the unimaginable pain caused by our nation’s gun violence epidemic. She’s fiercely fought for commonsense gun safety measures like universal background checks, closing loopholes, stopping gun trafficking and banning assault weapons.

Kirsten knows that we need to have an honest conversation about how institutional racism in our health care, education, criminal justice system and economy holds back people of color  generation after generation. She also believes that it is the responsibility of white people to share the burden in the fight to dismantle racism and expand opportunity. She’s been committed to amplifying voices that have been ignored or silenced for too long in the continuing fights for equal rights and justice, including the fights for reproductive rights, voting rights, criminal justice and immigration reform.