NY politicians comment on Gillibrand's exit from presidential race

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand launching her 2020 presidential campaign

What Kirsten Gillibrand Leaving the 2020 Race Means for Us

Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, who formally dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday.

While it is certainly reasonable to disagree with Trump's political agenda and fight for change, Gillibrand has notoriously used name calling when discussing the president, a method that delegitimizes her perspectives.

"She would have been a great presidential candidate and could be in the future", Fulton County Democratic Committee Chairman Ed Jasewicz said Thursday.

"I know this isn't the result we wanted".

Gillibrand, who made women's rights central to her presidential campaign, told The New York Times that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but did not commit to backing another woman. She's failed to pick up traction in the polls, consistently landing behind frontrunners in her party such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. She even traveled to two of the states to hold rallies in support of abortion rights, and she called for a federal law that would stop state legislatures from passing limitations on abortion - but so did Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and even Cory Booker.

The New York Democrat, who ran a distinctly feminist campaign, failed to meet the Democratic National Committee's criteria for the committee's September presidential debate.

"Today, I am ending my campaign for president". Gillibrand finishes with just $800,000 left in her campaign bank account.

Her campaign started off soft, likely handicapped by her support for the resignation of Minnesota Senator Al Franken after a sexual harassment scandal.

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addresses the press Wednesday at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts.

So Gillibrand's biggest problem may have simply been that there wasn't a clear base for her in the Democratic electorate - at least not one for which there wasn't also fierce competition in the rest of the primary field. Al Franken's resignation amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, and she has said for months that that alienated donors and some voters in neighboring Iowa, which kicks off presidential primary voting with its caucuses February 3. But Gillibrand has faced the most questions about being too quick to condemn him.

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