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Gillibrand has a new children's book, says she may run for president in 2020

December 08, 2018 01:40 AM

At an event in Albany to unveil her new children's book, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that in addition to U.S. senator and author, she's considering adding presidential candidate to her list of titles.

"Maybe. I'm going to think long and hard about it over the next few weeks and months. It's exciting, especially to be a children's book author because I can tell the stories about about these extraordinary women who paved the way for all of us." said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Large crowds braved cold temperatures to see Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York and Capital Region native, unveil her new children's book, "Bold and Brave," at the Writers Institute of UAlbany on Friday. Gillibrand has been making headlines more recently regarding talks of a potential run for president in 2020. Many at the event say they're wondering the same. 

"I think politically in this climate, it's important we hear powerful women, that we know are powerful women out there with a voice," said Lianne Wladis of Delmar.

Gillibrand, a Democrat, recently won re-election in November to her second term in the U.S. Senate. While campaigning for the senate she said she was not going to run. But since being re-elected many of her supporters say they think she should consider it.

"I hope so. I'm an advocate for not just women, a woman candidate, but someone with such a strong record of taking on the issues that are important to me and the state of New York," said Joseph Joevesic, a University at Albany freshman.

While Gillibrand says she hasn't made a decision yet, she is celebrating her new book. This is the first children's book for the senator who also calls the Capital Region home. She says she picked the group of women in her book because they showed courage and bravery long ahead of their time.

"It's inspiring to me. I profiled ten women who really did do extraordinary things for their time," said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand has been outspoken about many of President Trump's policies and his agenda, leaving many to wonder if she'll make a go at a run in the next election. According to The New York Times, Gillibrand didn't invest any dollars during her campaign on TV and spent only a portion of what she did to campaign previously. Some political followers say this lack of spending could be a clue.

"I think there's a large field and I'd be happy to see a number of women, including Kirsten Gillibrand be a part of it," said Wladis.


 

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