“Will brave win?”
That was the question posed by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who formally announced her candidacy for president on Sunday.
“Well, it hasn’t always, and it isn’t right now,” she says in a three-minute video launching her campaign. “Brave doesn’t pit people against each other. Brave doesn’t put money over lives. Brave doesn’t spread hate. Cloud truth. Build a wall. That’s what fear does.”
The video does not mention President Trump by name, but Gillibrand said her first speech as a candidate will be held next Sunday in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York.
Gillibrand, who has been one of the more vocal critics of Trump, had announced her exploratory committee two months ago. She has visited such states as New Hampshire and South Carolina, and plans to go to Michigan, Iowa and Nevada in the coming weeks.
She joins a crowded Democratic field of more than a dozen candidates that also includes Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Former Vice President Joe Biden is believed to be close to announcing his bid for the White House.
Gillibrand says in her launch video that the U.S. needs a leader who “makes bold, brave choices” and “someone who isn’t afraid of progress. That’s why I’m running for president.”
“When I voted against the Wall Street bailout while both parties threw billions at the banks, when I took on the Pentagon to end to sexual assault in the military,” she said. “When I turned a red district blue against all odds, when I challenged Congress by making my meetings, finances and taxes public so people could see I was working for them. I took your lead. I chose brave too.”