Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Sen. Gillibrand pulls plug on presidential bid

Sen. Gillibrand pulls plug on presidential bid

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race as a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability was instead plagued by low polling and major fundraising struggles. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced she was exiting the presidential race on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of an expected revelation that she would not qualify for the third round of debates.

One of the senator's most memorable moments came on the debate stage last month, when she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden's record on paid family leave, citing an editorial he wrote that said working women would "create the detoriation of the family".

In a video posted on Twitter, Gillibrand said that it was "important to know when it's not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country".

Gillibrand was one of six women in a field that swelled at its peak to 24 candidates, but her campaign never caught traction with the public; her polling numbers remained stuck at around 1%.

Now, Gillibrand is in the unenviable position of making bigger headlines in defeat than she ever did during her campaign.

It was a stark contrast between the two NY politicians-Gillibrand, once considered a formidable contender-and de Blasio, who lacks support not just here at home, but also in the early caucus states.

Gillibrand was a candidate without much of a constituency.

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Gillibrand announced herself as a Democratic presidential hopeful to a national audience in January on the "Late Show" with Stephen Colbert. Al Franken's resignation amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, and she has said for months that that alienated donors and some voters in neighbouring Iowa, which kicks off presidential primary voting with its caucuses February 3.

Gillibrand's decision to get out is a "recognition that the debates matter", the aide said.

Harris tweeted moments after Gillibrand's announcement that the New Yorker "is a fearless voice on some of the most critical issues facing our country today - from childcare to sexual assault".

Democratic Stratford Supervisor Allicia Rice said today she had no comment on Gillibrand calling it quits.

Many of her Senate colleagues seeking the Democratic presidential nomination - including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Harris, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont - followed her lead in calling for Franken to step down before he quit in January 2018.

The crowded Democratic presidential field of more than two dozen candidates had already begun to winnow before Gillibrand's announcement.

"I don't know what's happened except that you're now running for president", Biden said. "So I don't think the race was for naught", said Schumer.

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