Just hours after she announced a potential presidential bid, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by the Country View Diner to enjoy breakfast with her family, but not before she addressed media outside.
“Only what’s right can defeat what’s wrong and I feel very called in this moment to make that difference,” said Senator Gillibrand.
The junior senator from New York says President Trump is just one of the reasons she decided to take the jump and throw her hat in the ring for the democratic nomination.
“I believe the urgency of this moment now is we have to take on President Trump and what he is doing,” said Gillibrand. “I believe he is literally ripping apart the fabric of this country, the moral fabric.”
Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, has been among the Senate’s most vocal members on issues like sexual harassment, equal pay for women and family leave, just some of the issues that could be central to her presidential campaign.
“I believe that healthcare should be a right and not a privilege. I believe we should have better public schools because it shouldn’t matter what block you grow up on,” said Gillibrand.
Though she is entering what is likely to be a wide democratic primary field, Gillibrand believes she stands apart because she can reach across the aisle and appeal to a range of voters.
“I have a proven record of fighting for people in New York over the last 12 years. I had the highest vote totals in the history of the state, and you know this state,” said Gillibrand. “We have people in rural areas who are working hard in agriculture and manufacturing. I can reach out to all of those people because I’ve done that for 12 years.
Gillibrand confirmed that she is planning to keep her campaign headquarters in the collar city where she has already attracted some potential volunteers.
“Troy is awesome! Why wouldn’t you want your headquarters in Troy?” said Gillibrand.