Kirsten Gillibrand announces launch of 2020 presidential campaign on Stephen Colbert show.

By |2019-01-16T05:45:09-08:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |10 Comments

Not unexpected.

Courtesy of NPR:

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is running for president, joining a growing number of Democrats who are seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020.

Gillibrand announced her decision on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying she is filing her exploratory committee for the White House on Tuesday evening.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” Gillibrand told Colbert. “Which is why I believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege. It’s why I believe we should have better public schools for our kids because it shouldn’t matter what block you grow up on. And I believe that anybody who wants to work hard enough should be able to get whatever job training they need to earn their way into the middle class.”

“But you are never going to accomplish any of these things if you don’t take on the systems of power that make all of that impossible — which is taking on institutional racism, it’s taking on the corruption and greed in Washington, taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night,” Gillibrand continued. “And I know that I have the compassion, the courage and fearless determination to get that done.”

Look I think that Senator Gillibrand has many admirable qualities, and if she becomes the nominee I will support her 100% because these are serious times and we need to stand together. 

However, I cannot help but recognize the loss of another great Democrat who may have been the perfect choice to run against Donald Trump in 2020.

And that was Senator Al Franken who had the intellect, the name recognition, and the gravitas to stand on any debate stage in the country and hand Tangerine Hitler his ass.

But that opportunity will not present itself during this campaign season and we all know why that is the case. 

So I wish Kirsten Gillibrand well, but I will not be supporting her campaign anytime soon. 

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  1. Nightmare January 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

    “The 2020 election feels like it is a long time away, but it really isn’t.

    As the clock ticks toward election day, Trump’s support is going in the wrong direction, and if this pattern holds, the 2018 midterm Republican bloodbath could happen again in 2020.”

  2. tj January 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    She doesn’t have the qualities that others are already showing.
    Better than dumpster, sure, but we have lots of choices in a field of at least 12 to 15.
    That is enough right there BUT…
    After what she did to MY guy Al, actions have consequences.
    She will have to answer for what she has done.
    She is not a darling, even of the #metoo movement, and she will find that out also, too.

  3. White Rabbit January 16, 2019 at 11:47 am

    She’s a not too bright creature of big donors. No thanks.

  4. AK Lynne January 16, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Yes, Al Franken was a great loss. I will support her if she becomes the Democratic nominee, but I am not holding my breath for that to happen.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago January 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    As a former resident of Minnesota I agree with other people’s feelings about the loss of Al Franken at Gillibrand’s ambitious feet.

    Gillibrand’s comments about Bill Clinton made it clear to me that she fits in with the Washington hit squads that roam the Senate chamber.

    Of all the potential Democratic Presidential candidates, she’s at the bottom of my list.

  6. Anonymous January 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    When Gillibrand said that Bill Clinton should have resigned the Presidency after the Monica Lewinsky affair a long-time aide to the former Secretary of State, Philippe Reines, responded to Gillibrand, “Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual blowjob. Senate voted to keep President Clinton. But not enough for you @SenGillibrand? Over 20 years you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of Luck.”

  7. Anonymous January 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I think that what she did to Franken was deplorable, he should have been able to go before the ethics committee to get to the bottom of it. I had my doubts about some the of accusations that popped up just before he resigned and the big hullabaloo about that photo was ridiculous.

    • Anonymous January 17, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Totally agree with you Anon at 5:16 and also AK Lynne above. I will support her if she becomes the Democratic nominee, but otherwise, she gets NOTHING from me. Gillibrand was on TRMS last evening and I refused to listen when she appeared…I switched to watch something I had recorded earlier on MSNBC.

  8. Anonymous January 19, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I will NEVER vote for her, not even if the DNNC is stupid enough to annoit her their chosen one. I will never forget and never forgive her for denying Al Franken is due process. Ditto for Kamala Harris. Whoever challenges her in her next primary will get my vote.

    I also think that neither will be able to take out Trump. (Neither will Julian Castro). So the DNNC better find a better candidate as I am not the only one that will not forgive her for her treatment of Al Franken.

    She’s just announced she won’t be taking any PAC money, making it sound all altruistic and such. Reality is that big money donors will not donate to her because they also remember what she did to Al Franken.

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