Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a self acclaimed champion of women and families, stated Wednesday she will be withdrawing from the Democratic Presidential primary race
Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate, stated Wednesday she will be withdrawing from the Democratic Presidential primary race due to her failure to qualify for the third Democratic debate in September. The fourth Democratic candidate to withdraw from the race, Gillibrand is just the latest candidate to get stuck in a crowded field of Democrats highlighted by former Vice President Joe Biden and a handful of progressives. ~
Senator Gilibrand failed to meet the criteria to qualify for next month’s DNC debate – 130,000 unique donors and 2% polling in any of four qualified national polls. Despite her failure to gain support, Senator Gillibrand is highly known as a heavy advocate for female reproductive rights and a self acclaimed champion of women and families. According to The New York Times, she confronted other Democratic candidates on their support for the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, and frequently held rallies in conservative states in which lawmakers placed new restrictioins on the reproductive procedure. She is also known as a high critic of both former Vice President Joe Biden as well as President Donald Trump. ~
After announcing her withdraw from the Democratic primary race, Senator Gillibrand said in an interview she is planning on endorsing a candidate she believes would be capable of “uniting the country,” (The New York Times, 2019). Although she did not say she would endorse a female candidate, she did say she feels as though a woman might be most suited to unite a depolarized nation. “I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Ms. Gillibrand stated, concluding, “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting. I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.” ~
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