She's in: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday announced to Stephen Colbert, in an interview airing on his Late Show Tuesday night, that she is forming an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020, CBS News and CNN report. "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, which is why I believe health care should be a right, not a privilege," the New York Democrat said. "It is 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 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." A rep for Gillibrand, who has plans to campaign in Iowa this weekend per the AP, declined to officially comment.
Gillibrand, 52, who was elected to her second full term in the Senate in 2018, has been a prominent #MeToo activist, and sources say she will also focus on gender issues during her campaign. Making note of her efforts to reach across the aisle, she told Colbert, "Ted Cruz and I agreed on how to end sexual harassment in Congress, which ultimately passed. Me and Ted Cruz!" She also told Colbert she is prepared to take on institutional racism, "corruption and greed in Washington," and "the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night." She added, "I know that I have the compassion, the courage and the fearless determination to get that done." (She joins a crowded field including Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, and Elizabeth Warren.)