Democratic Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid17 January 2019 AFP, Washington
Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken Donald Trump critic and champion of women's issues including the #MeToo movement, announced Tuesday she was jumping into the 2020 presidential race.
Nearly 22 months before the election, the battle for the White House is already firming up, as Americans begin to assess who might be the opposition party nominee to challenge Trump.
Four Democrats - three of them women - have made clear steps towards a formal campaign in recent weeks, and many more including several of Gillibrand's Senate colleagues, an anti-Trump billionaire businessman and former vice president Joe Biden are waiting in the wings.
"I'm going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own - which is why I believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege," the senator told Stephen Colbert on his CBS television talk show.
Her goals will include putting gender at the fore of her campaign, combatting "institutional racism," taking on special interests and entrenched systems of power in Washington, and fighting against political "corruption and greed."
"I know that I have the compassion, the courage, and the fearless determination to get that done," she added in the interview set to be aired in full later Tuesday.
The 52-year-old from upstate New York said she was forming an exploratory committee, a crucial legal step for a candidate to run for president, just days before she reportedly travels to the early voting state of Iowa.