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Kirsten Gillibrand Exits 2020 Race

Former presidential contender failed to meet requirements for next Democratic debate
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2019 4:47 PM CDT
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, listens during a mental health roundtable discussion, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Shortly after news broke that Kirsten Gillibrand likely wouldn't meet the requirements for the next Democratic presidential debate, the New York Times reports the New York senator is dropping out of the 2020 race. Gillibrand, 52, tells the paper that missing the debate cutoff was a pivotal moment: "I think being able to have a voice on a debate stage, when other candidates have that, is really important," she says. "And without it, I just didn’t see our path." She added that she will eventually endorse someone else, though she hasn't decided who yet, and while that person could be male or female she said: "I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country. I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting." (More from her Times interview here.)

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