Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday gave her most powerful public indication but that she was once considering a run for president in 2020, telling the late-night display host Stephen Colbert she would “give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”
“I’ve seen the hatred and the division that President Trump has put out into our country, and it has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country,” Ms. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, stated in what sounded just like the makings of a marketing campaign theme.
Ms. Gillibrand, who gained re-election to her 2nd complete time period on Tuesday, had for months brushed apart questions on her 2020 ambitions by means of announcing she was once targeted totally on 2018.
But with the midterms at the back of her, Mr. Colbert requested Ms. Gillibrand if there was once “another election that you might be concentrating on.” She closed her eyes, smiled and nodded virtually knowingly sooner than answering.
“I do think it’s an important question,” she stated.
Colbert jumped in: “It is an important question. That’s why I asked it.”
She referred to as it “a moral question for me,” sooner than in the end announcing: “I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans. So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”
“That close,” Mr. Colbert joked.
The remarks constitute a notable shift for Ms. Gillibrand.
Less than 3 weeks in the past, within the lone debate of her re-election marketing campaign, Ms. Gillibrand pledged to serve her complete Senate time period.
“I will serve my six-year term,” she stated. (Her Republican opponent, Chele Farley, answered, “Honestly, I don’t believe that.”)
Ms. Gillibrand’s look on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” got here on her first prevent in a heavy media excursion following the midterms. She additionally has appearances scheduled on “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “The Daily Show,” and different cable information appearances are within the works.
The media blitz coincides with the e-newsletter of an illustrated youngsters’s e-book she wrote, “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.” It is ready to be launched Nov. 13.
Ms. Gillibrand has deliberate a small e-book excursion, which incorporates stops in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Albany and New York City via mid-December.
Ms. Gillibrand, who was once appointed to the Senate in 2009 to substitute Hillary Clinton after Mrs. Clinton was once nominated as secretary of state, gained kind of two-thirds of the vote in her election on Tuesday. The three.73 million votes she won have been essentially the most for any candidate in New York this yr — just about 400,000 greater than Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat who may be regarded as a attainable presidential candidate. He simply gained election to a 3rd time period as governor and has denied hobby in a 2020 run.
Ms. Gillibrand spent minimally on her marketing campaign. Her marketing campaign chest in fact grew from the start of the yr via October, the wrong way of maximum financial institution accounts all the way through campaigns. She has greater than $10.6 million within the financial institution, all of which might be used to jump-start a presidential run.
Unlike some imaginable 2020 contenders, like Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, who visited a couple of key early number one states this autumn, Ms. Gillibrand took just one commute to New Hampshire, the place she campaigned for the Democratic candidate for governor in October.
The Democratic presidential number one is predicted to be strangely crowded. In an interview all the way through her New Hampshire commute, Ms. Gillibrand advised that as many as 8 Democratic senators may run for president in 2020, despite the fact that she made transparent she was once no longer counting carefully.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,’’ she said at the time. “People do not like President Trump and they are concerned and they would like to change that.”