Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 01: Democratic presidential cadidate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention at the Moscone Center on June 01, 2019 in San Fra... SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 01: Democratic presidential cadidate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention at the Moscone Center on June 01, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Several Democratic presidential cadidates are speaking at the California Democratic Convention that runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 28, 2019 5:45 p.m.
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race, according to a New York Times interview Wednesday.

Gillibrand told the Times about her decision to withdraw from the Democratic primary after she failed to qualify for a third debate next month — a development that she described as fatal to her candidacy.

The New York senator told the paper that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but has yet to pick a favorite. The Times noted that Gillibrand, who presented herself as a champion of women and families throughout her campaign, stopped short of saying she would endorse a woman — but suggested that a woman might be best suited for the position.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Gillibrand said. “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

Gillibrand added that she “will support whoever the nominee is” and “will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”

Read the New York Times’ interview with Gillibrand here.

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