(Bruce Vartan Boyajian)
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The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
On Aug. 19, The Washington Post featured an interview with presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as she continues her push to qualify for the fall Democratic presidential debates. She discussed her views on gun control, climate change and her strategy to break through the crowded field.
The Washington Post Live's one-on-one interview series The 2020 Candidates features the candidates making their case on key issues and sharing how they hope to set themselves apart from a crowded field in conversation with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
Highlights
Following two high-profile mass shootings, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she believes lawmakers should pass a federal ban on assault weapons and hold a nationwide buyback of military-style firearms. “We don’t want to live in a world where we’re teaching our children shelter-in-place drills instead of math drills…that’s not an America that we should want to live in.”
  • Aug 19
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes the Democratic presidential nominee can’t just be moderate or liberal, but that they must be both. ‘There’s a false debate in the party right now: either you have to be an uber-progressive who can inspire the base or you have to be a moderate who wins those red and purple areas. I believe you have to do both.’
  • Aug 19
During a Washington Post Live interview, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand commented on former Senator Al Franken’s resignation and her calls for him to leave the Senate following allegations of sexual harassment and assault. ‘I couldn’t defend unwanted groping and forcible kissing, and I decided that I had to say I couldn’t support it anymore and I couldn’t support him.’ When asked if she would support a political comeback by Sen. Franken, Gillibrand said, “There is always room for redemption of anybody. I don’t know why this conversation is so difficult. Anyone who wants a second chance, it’s always there for everyone.’
  • Aug 19
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes Medicare-for-all will work, but she says some changes will need to be made to make sure it covers everything a family would need. “You’re going to need to fix it. It’s going to have to actually cover all the things families will need…Second, make sure the reimbursement rates to the hospitals or provider actually cover costs. Those two changes to Medicare you can build on.”
  • Aug 19
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says Republicans should ‘stand up’ to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and force him to resign following comments he made about abortion. “His statements are outrageous...[Republicans] should have a backbone and stand up to someone in their own party who has said something so offensive, so harmful and demeaning to women, harmful and demeaning to humanity, that he should be forced to resign by his party.
  • Aug 19
Full Program
On Aug. 19, The Washington Post featured an interview with presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as she continues her push to qualify for the fall Democratic presidential debates. She discussed her views on gun control, climate change and her strategy to break through the crowded field.
  • Aug 19
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Democratic Presidential Candidate
Born and raised in upstate New York, Kirsten Gillibrand inherited a dedication to public service from her grandmother and mother, who organized women and served their communities as Democratic activists. After serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., Gillibrand decided to move home to upstate New York to raise her family—and to eventually make a long-shot bid to represent her home district in Congress. With her 2-year-old son Theo in tow, Gillibrand ran for Congress in 2006 as an underdog for a seat held by a long-term Republican incumbent in a district with a 2-1 Republican majority. Gillibrand won her election with calls for congressional ethics reform, an end to the war in Iraq, and Medicare for All. Gillibrand is running for president to fight for America’s families as hard as she fights for her own. She’s running on a vision for an America in which quality and affordable health care is a right, public education is strong regardless of the block you grow up on, hard work is rewarded, and greed and money are eliminated from politics.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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