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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces presidential run

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

NEW YORK (WRGB) -- “I'm filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight!" said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Tuesday night, Gillibrand officially confirmed she is competing for the Oval Office.

In an interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, she explained why.

"I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I am going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own, which is why I believe healthcare should be a right and not a privilege," Gillibrand said.


Gillibrand also says she will fight against injustice in politics, public education, and the economy.

Dozens lined up to see the Senator at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and even people without tickets waited in the cold just to catch a glimpse.

"I'm basically out here because she could possibly be the first female president and so you know it's history in the making possibly,” one man said.

Last week, the AP cited several sources confirming that Gillibrand is looking at Troy as a potential headquarters for her 2020 presidential bid.

The 52 year old has a home in Brunswick with her husband and two sons.

She's been vocal in her criticism of President Trump, and some supporters say that alone would persuade them to vote for her.

"He's making a lot of mistakes so I think she has a very good chance,” said another man.

Gillibrand says she's confident she's the woman for the job.

"I know that I have the compassion, the courage, and the fearless determination to get that done,” she said.


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