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Kirsten Gillibrand 2020 presidential campaign

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Gillibrand 2020
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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic Party primaries)
CandidateKirsten Gillibrand
Senator from New York (2009–)
Member of the House from New York (2007–2009)
StatusExploratory Committee Announcement: January 15, 2019
Formal launch: March 17, 2019
Suspended: August 28, 2019
HeadquartersTroy, New York[1]
Key peopleJess Fassler (campaign manager)[2]
SloganBrave Wins

The 2020 presidential campaign of Kirsten Gillibrand officially began on March 17, 2019 and concluded on August 28, 2019. Gillibrand, the junior United States Senator from New York, had frequently been mentioned as a possible 2020 contender by the media prior to her announcement.[3][4]


Gillibrand speaking to the California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.
Gillibrand speaking to the California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.

Exploratory committee

Gillibrand announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider running for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election on January 15, 2019 in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[5] The announcement was made on the same day that paperwork establishing the Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee was filed with the Federal Election Commission. She ended her campaign on August 28th when she failed to make the third round of debates.[6]

Campaign announcement and suspension

In a Twitter video post on March 17, Gillibrand announced that she was officially running for president.[7]

Gillibrand was invited to the first Democratic presidential debate, participating on the second night, on June 27. She was subsequently invited to the second debate, again participating in the second night, on July 31.[8]

Gillibrand suspended her campaign on August 28, 2019, citing her failure to qualify for the third round of Democratic primary debates. Gillibrand neither exceeded the polling threshold nor sustained the fundraising quota set as debate qualifications.[9]

Political positions


Gillibrand supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, enforcing paid family leave, and closing the gender wage gap. She has proposed the implementation of tax incentives for companies that provide on-site child care. Gillibrand has created legislation that would give tax credits to small businesses. She also supports the institution of a federal job guarantee and the providing of training to workers whose jobs are threatened by automation.[10]


Gillibrand's position on gun control changed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting; her NRA grade changed from A to F.[11][12] She has spoken out against the NRA directly.[10][13] She has tried to close the "Charleston loophole," which automatically allows someone to purchase a firearm if their background check takes longer than three days.[14][15] In response to President Trump's declaration of an emergency on the southern border, Gillibrand said that mass shootings are the real emergency, not illegal immigration.[16][17][18]

Gillibrand supports the legalization of cannabis at the federal level.[19]


In June 2015, Gillibrand was one of 33 senators who signed a letter criticizing the Obama administration's immigration detention policies, saying the practice is "unacceptable and goes against our most fundamental values."[20][21][22] She has strongly condemnded most aspects of the Trump administration's immigration policy, including President Trump's plan for a border wall, his declaration of an emergency on the southern border, and his support for family separation.[10] Gillibrand also supports abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[23]

Foreign policy

Although Gillibrand is a political opponent of President Donald Trump, she said the following regarding the Singapore Summit:

I’m very grateful that ... Trump is trying diplomacy as oppose[d] to military action because that's was what his first take was. So, I am grateful that he is making the effort to try diplomacy and to try to bring people together towards a peaceful resolution.[10]

Climate change

In a TV interview, Gillibrand backed the Green New Deal,[24] stating the following:

…Severe weather is the greatest threat to humanity we have…When severe weather hits, people die. It destroys communities...The first thing is to invest in our green energies, wind, solar, geothermal, Hydropower, nuclear, and biofuels. We were the inventors of solar panels and wind. We let that manufacturing go to China because we did not guarantee the tax benefits to make it work here. So, why not make a commitment? Not only to these new energies but to the job training. Second, infrastructure… Last, clean air and clean water… no child should have to drink water out of a faucet that is tainted … It is an ambition for the future that we should all get behind.[25]



  1. ^ Johnson, Jenna (January 15, 2019). "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tells Stephen Colbert she will run for president". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Merica, Dan (January 15, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand to enter 2020 presidential race". CNN. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (December 12, 2017). "Already on the 2020 radar, Kirsten Gillibrand catapulted into the spotlight by President Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Goldmacher, Shane (October 20, 2018). "Gillibrand's (Lack of) Spending in 2018 Offers Hints of 2020". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kirsten Gillibrand formally enters 2020 race with announcement on Colbert's "Late Show"". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Form 1 for Gillibrand 2020 Exploratory Committee". Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (March 17, 2019). "I'm running for president. Let's prove that brave wins".
  8. ^ Segers, Grace (August 29, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of the presidential race". CBS News. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Burns, Alexander (August 28, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Presidential Race". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d Feller, Madison (February 1, 2019). "Kirsten Gillibrand Is Running for President in 2020. Here's Where She Stands on 9 Important Issues". Elle. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Glueck, Katie. "Report: Gillibrand shifts on guns". POLITICO.
  12. ^ Millward, David (February 13, 2019). "Democrats 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, the #MeToo senator with eyes on the White House". The Telegraph – via
  13. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 14, 2019). "For gun violence prevention, we have to take on the NRA. To end the opioid crisis, drugmakers. For equal access to vote, politicians and donors who benefit when you stay home. To turn up the volume on your voice, we have take on the people who profit from the status quo". Twitter. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 15, 2019). "People are dying every day in our country because of gun violence—many by people who should've never had access to a gun in the first place. Closing the Charleston loophole would fix that. There's simply no good reason for Congress not to get this done". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Levine, Sam (October 28, 2015). "Senate Democrats Unveil Measure To Close Gun Background Check Loophole". Retrieved February 16, 2019 – via Huff Post.
  16. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten. "I think every one of my Republican colleagues in Congress, as well as the President, should be required to read this gut-wrenching story. Then maybe they'd finally do something to stop the real national emergency of gun violence". Twitter. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  17. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 15, 2019). "Mass shootings are a national emergency. We can't accept so many lives being taken from us by gun violence, or the gun lobby greed that trades lives for profits. I'm praying for the Aurora, Illinois community and the victims' loved ones. We have to stop this crisis". Twitter. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Gillibrand, Kirsten (February 15, 2019). "Let's be clear on this: The only emergency at our border is the humanitarian one Trump created himself, by demonizing and ripping apart families. This manufactured crisis is racist, wasteful, and an outrageous abuse of power from someone too reckless and hateful to hold it". Twitter. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  19. ^ Jaeger, Kyle (January 16, 2019). "Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana". Marijuana Moment.
  20. ^ "Letter to Jeh Johnson" (PDF). June 1, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  21. ^ Crookston, Paul. "Booker: 'I Had a Lot of Problems With Obama Policies on Immigration and Family Detention'". Free Beacon. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  22. ^ Sherman, Amy. "Trump campaign manager's tweet omits that children detained under Obama were unaccompanied minors". Politifact. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  23. ^ "Senator calls to eliminate ICE". CNN. June 29, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  24. ^ Burke, Michael (March 4, 2019). "Gillibrand says she thinks 'Green New Deal' can gain bipartisan support". TheHill. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "Chris Wallace... 15:57". YouTube. Fox News. February 25, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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