>> I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I will fight for your children as hard as I would fight for my own.>> New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of Democratic White House contenders.>> I believe that health care should be a right and not a privilege.
>> Announcing that she will run against President Donald Trump, a man she has frequently and vehemently criticized.>> What this president has created is anxiety across the country, and fear.>> Gillibrand was initially appointed to fill the senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became secretary of state.
She later won the seat in a special election, and was reelected to six terms in 2012 and 2018.>> Thank you.>> The 52-year-old is known for spearheading efforts to change how Congress handles sexual harassment allegations.>> Enough is enough.>> And has been a prominent voice in the MeToo movement.
>> All of you are speaking truth to power because you care.>> Some prominent Democratic leaders criticized her for being the first Senator from her party to urge the resignation of Senator Al Franken, who was accused of groping and kissing women without their consent.>> I will be resigning.
>> Around the same time, she spoke out against President Bill Clinton, saying he should have resigned from the White House after his affair with Monica Lewinsky.>> We're seeking asylum.>> In June, she became the first senator to call for the abolishment of ICE, the government agency embroiled in the controversy over Trump's separation of families at the US Southern border.
>> It's part of the president's effort at name-calling, and it's not going to silence me.>> In 2017, Trump targeted her with a sexually tinged tweet, saying she had, quote, "come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago and would do anything for them". Gillibrand shot back immediately, tweeting, "you cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."