New York senator Gillibrand joins crowded group of Democratic presidential hopefuls

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"And it's why I'm asking you for your support". "I'm fighting for an America where we lead with bravery and compassion, not fear and greed-and I'm taking that fight straight to President Trump's doorstep", she said.

The 52-year-old senator for NY announced her bid in an online video released on Sunday. She has been a consistent Trump critic on Capitol Hill, calling for his resignation in 2017. Now she has reversed herself on all those issues, which aside from gun rights isn't a bad thing from a libertarian perspective-although it does raise questions about her campaign theme of "bravery", which she featured in her opening ad.

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The launch video released Sunday morning alludes to several policy debates, including immigration, gun control, and climate change. This is the stuff of fairy tales, not facts, but remember - "we landed on the moon", so anything is possible. If we can do that, we can definitely achieve universal health care,"she said".

Since she launched her exploratory bid, Gillibrand has pitched herself as someone who can get things done, emphasizing the bipartisan legislation she's worked on in the Senate.

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Some in the Democratic party believe an establishment figure who can appeal to centrist voters is the way to victory.

Her public announcement has not increased her polling numbers, according to reports, as ordinarily happens with new candidates, The Guardian report notes, adding that her rating remains at approximately 1 percent "in most public opinion polls". She practiced law before entering the House of Representatives in 2007. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) jumped in this past week, shaking up the race, and former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make a decision on a potential run in the coming weeks. She was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill Hillary Clinton's seat when she became secretary of state.

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Subsequently, she positioned herself as an advocate of women's issues within her party and became a forceful proponent of the #MeToo movement, authoring a children's book previous year titled Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. Kennedy said he hopes O'Rourke's visit is a sign that presidential candidates will be spending more time in Midwestern states than they did during the 2016 election cycle.