During an interview on a popular TV channel, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced her intentions of contesting for president of the United States. This confirms a rumor that was floating around for weeks. She is a Democrat and will be the second to have opened up on the subject after Julian Castro formally kicked off his campaign in his San Antonio hometown.

Daily Mail UK reports Kirsten Gillibrand already has her campaign website and is in possession of adequate funds to jump-start a presidential bid. She is a longtime advocate for women and has been a leader in the #metoo movement against the unwanted assault on women.

She has her own ideas of how men in high places should behave. She will proceed to Iowa shortly, which is an early caucus state in the 2020 nomination process.

Career graph of Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand is in her early 50s and will be another member in the crowded Democratic primary field. There are already several women in the fray apart from high profile Democrats like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Michael Bloomberg. They want to deny a second term to President Donald Trump. Among the women, there are Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who have announced their intentions. Sen. Kamala Harris is yet to make up her mind.

Kirsten Gillibrand came to the Senate in 2009 in place of Hillary Clinton, who became the Secretary of State.

The presidential hopeful has already done preliminary groundwork by identifying a possible location to set up her campaign headquarters, adding staff and planning trips to key states. Her campaign headquarters could be in Troy, New York.

She has outlined her vision. She is a young mother and wants to fight for her own kids as well as for kids of other people.

To do that effectively, she will insist on making healthcare a right, not a privilege. Similarly for education. She wants to take on issues like institutional racism, corruption, and greed in Washington.

Kirsten Gillibrand has a tough fight on her hands

The US has not had a woman President before and in 2020, there are multiple contenders in the camp of the Democrats bidding for the White House.

According to the BBC, Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plans for a 2020 presidential run during a late-night show on a TV channel. She indicated that she had taken the initial steps of launching an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission. This will allow her to begin fund collection activities before officially launching her bid.

Kirsten Gillibrand is a sharp critic of President Trump and lives in Troy, New York, with her husband and two sons. She could be setting up her headquarters there.