Rumors are beginning to fly that a Democratic U.S. senator from New York could be a top presidential contender in 2020 — not Hillary Clinton, but the woman who took her seat: Kirsten Gillibrand.
While she’s been named as a possible Democratic contender for the White House before, Gillibrand made waves again this week for her staunch opposition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks.
As of Tuesday she was the only lawmaker who had voted against each one. She broke that streak when she backed South Carolina’s Nikki Haley to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations.
But the staunch opposition to the Trump agenda has many predicting that this New York native has her eyes on a bigger prize.
She’s known as a fierce defender of women’s rights among Democrats, and spoke at the recent Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration — even referencing the battle to see a woman in the White House.
“Today, after Hillary Clinton put 65 million cracks in the hardest and highest glass ceiling, we are marching on Washington, for similar reasons,” she said to the crowd. “We want to be counted, we want to be heard, and we are going to fight for what we believe in.”
The Hill ranked her 5th among potential Democratic candidates, coming in behind fellow senators Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Cory Booker, of New Jersey – but ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The only race she is interested in is her reelection to the Senate in 2018,” her spokesman recently told the Washington Post.