New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had a presidential bid during the last election cycle.AFP via Getty Images
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to make another run for the White House, she said in a report published Thursday.
“I definitely want to run for president again,” the New York Democrat told Politico.
Gillibrand, 54, was one of a crowded field of Democrats who were looking for the party’s nod to run against President Donald Trump in 2020.
“I learned so much on that campaign: about myself, about the country, about how to be successful as a politician,” she added.
“I became a much better speaker and became better at my job.”
One of her memorable moments in her first came bid came during a televised debate when she was asked what her first act as president would be.
“So the first thing that I’m going to do when I’m president — is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office,” she said.
She officially launched her campaign in March 2019 but dropped out five months later after failing to gain traction in fundraising and hit polls that threatened to leave her out of future debates. She eventually got behind Joe Biden with an endorsement.
Gillibrand was the first Senate Democrat to call for Sen. Al Franken to resign amid #metoo allegations – a move she doesn’t regret even if some of her colleagues do, she told Politico.
“All the decisions made by Senator Franken are his and his alone,” Gillibrand said. “And if he regrets resigning, that was his decision.”
She also lamented how female senators are often asked about sexual misconduct allegations, as Gillibrand was when Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced claims of inappropriate behavior.
“That’s why I think people associate me only with these things where it’s like, there were 30 senators that had the same opinion [about Franken] at the same time, some at the same minute,” she said, according to Politico.
“That’s the thing that’s a bit strange about how people remember facts.”
The junior senator eventually did call for Cuomo’s resignation.
Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to take the place of Hillary Clinton, who left her seat to become Secretary of State under President Obama.