Fresh Off Re-Election, Gillibrand Says She will be Giving ‘Long, Hard Thought’ to 2020 Run
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday gave her strongest public indication yet of which she was contemplating a run for president in 2020, telling the late-night show host Stephen Colbert she would certainly “give the item a long, hard thought of consideration.”
“I’ve seen the hatred in addition to the division of which President Trump has put out into our country, in addition to the item has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of This particular country,” Ms. Gillibrand, Democrat of brand-new York, said in what sounded like the makings of a campaign theme.
Ms. Gillibrand, who won re-election to her second full term on Tuesday, had for months brushed aside questions about her 2020 ambitions by saying she was focused fully on 2018.
yet with the midterms behind her, Mr. Colbert asked Ms. Gillibrand if there was “another election of which you might be concentrating on.” She closed her eyes, smiled in addition to nodded almost knowingly before answering.
“I do think the item’s an important question,” she said.
Colbert jumped in: “the item will be an important question. of which’s why I asked the item.”
She called the item “a moral question for me,” before eventually saying: “I believe right currently of which every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore of which moral decency, of which moral compass in addition to of which truth of who we are as Americans. So I will promise you I will give the item a long, hard thought of consideration.”
“of which close,” Mr. Colbert joked.
The remarks represent a notable shift for Ms. Gillibrand.
Less than three weeks ago, inside the lone debate of her re-election campaign, Ms. Gillibrand pledged to serve her full Senate term.
Ms. Gillibrand’s appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” came on her first stop in a heavy media tour following the midterms. She also has appearances scheduled on “not bad Morning America,” “The View” in addition to “The Daily Show,” in addition to some other cable news appearances are inside the works.
The media blitz coincides with the publication of an illustrated children’s book she wrote, “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.” the item will be set to be released Nov. 13.
Ms. Gillibrand has planned a modest book tour, which includes stops in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Albany in addition to brand-new York City through mid-December.
Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to replace Hillary Clinton after Mrs. Clinton was nominated as secretary of state, won roughly two-thirds of the vote in her election on Tuesday. The 3.73 million votes she received were the most for any candidate in brand-new York This particular year — nearly 400,000 more than Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat who will be also considered a potential presidential candidate. He just won election to a third term as governor in addition to has denied interest in a 2020 run.
Ms. Gillibrand spent minimally on her campaign. Her campaign chest actually grew through the beginning of the year through October, the opposite direction of most bank accounts during campaigns. She has more than $10.6 million inside the bank, all of which could be used to jump-start a presidential run.
Unlike some possible 2020 contenders, like Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of brand-new Jersey, who visited multiple key early primary states This particular fall, Ms. Gillibrand took only one trip to brand-new Hampshire, where she campaigned for the Democratic candidate for governor in October.
The Democratic presidential primary will be likely to be unusually crowded. In an interview during her brand-new Hampshire trip, Ms. Gillibrand suggested of which as many as eight Democratic senators could run for president in 2020, though she made clear she was not counting closely.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,’’ she said at the time. “People do not like President Trump in addition to they are concerned in addition to they would certainly like to change of which.”