Far-Left Sen. Gillibrand Formally Joins Democratic Race for President

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After a two-month exploratory committee phase marked by bad headlines and worse polling, Gillibrand officially joined the wide field of candidates battling for the White House. "Let's prove that courageous wins", Ms. Gillibrand said in her tweet.

The video ends by announcing a Gillibrand event outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City on March 24. Fearless doesn't pit people against each other or put money over lives.

Gillibrand has championed public service, saying it "changes your life" and that such work could help address some of the problems facing the country today.

Playing off the "home of the brave" line of the national anthem, Gillibrand says: "Brave doesn't spread hate, cloud truth, build a wall - that's what fear does".

The New York senator initially announced her intent to run for the nomination in January on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". The video highlights her top policy priorities including universal health care, the Green New Deal, ending gun violence and advocating for women and families.

Gillibrand opted to use a video instead of a speech at a rally, the traditional method, to formally launch her campaign.

She has painted herself as a fierce Trump critic, and prided herself for voting against many of Trump's important political nominees.

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Beto O'Rourke, a former Congressman from Texas, and Sen.

Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009.

In 2017, she was the first senator to call for former Minnesota Democrat Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations that he touched women inappropriately. But she is now under scrutiny for her handling of a sexual harassment claim against a staffer in her Senate office a year ago.

He praised Warren for her "focus on the structural inequities in our economy", adding, "I don't think anyone else in the race brings that strength or that history".

"It hasn't always, and it isn't right now", she said.

Joe Biden is the scheduled headliner at a Democratic Party dinner in DE, his home state, as the former vice president considers whether to make another White House run. 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. Using the backdrop of one of Trump's marquee properties is a clear challenge to the president.

Republican strategist John Weaver called the tweet "vile".

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