Kirsten Gillibrand has made her first pitch to Iowa voters since announcing her bid for president, promising in a whirlwind weekend visit to the caucus state that she will “fight” for everyday Americans against Donald Trump and broken government in Washington.
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Speaking on Saturday at a coffee shop in Ames, Iowa, a college town of nearly 70,000 about half an hour north of Des Moines, the New York senator acknowledged that she does not have the same national name recognition as some other 2020 hopefuls, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren who visited the state this month. But, she told a crowd on a frigid morning, she thinks she is the best candidate to help “reclaim our democracy” from Trump and corporate interests.
“I’m going to run for president because I really believe that I will fight for your children as hard as I fight for my own,” Gillibrand said in an impassioned address. “I’m here for you.”
Gillibrand told the crowd, which included a number of students from Iowa State University, the American dream has been “lost” because of “corruption in Washington”.
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