Kirsten Gillibrand Kicks Off Media Blitz on Colbert: I’m Giving 2020 Bid a ‘Long, Hard Thought’


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off a post-midterm election media blitz with an appearance on Stephen Colbert‘s Late Show Thursday night, and said she’s giving a presidential run “a long, hard thought of consideration.”

Colbert asked the New York Democrat if she was considering running in 2020, noting she has previously said her focus was on the 2018 elections.

“What are you concentrating on now?” Colbert asked. “Is there another election you might be concentrating on, senator… for now?”

“I think it’s an important question,” she said.

“It is an important question. That’s why I asked it,” Colbert joked.

“I believe it is a moral question for me,” Gillibrand said. She then launched into a campaign-style speech that came as close as possibly to announcing a run without doing so. “I believe in right versus wrong and until this election I actually thought that wrong was winning, and as I’ve traveled across my state, across the country for all these candidates, I’ve seen the hatred and the division that President Trump has put out into our country, and it has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country.”

“I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans,” she continued. “So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”

“That close,” Colbert replied.

As The New York Times reported, this is the first leg of a busy post-election media blitz for Gillibrand. She’s set to appear on The View, Good Morning America and cable news, in promotion of her upcoming children’s book, Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.

Watch above, via CBS.

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