New York senator speaks on women in politics



Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, promising her support for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for the Presidency, sounded every much a candidate herself if… at a reception to spark women in politics Monday evening at the Olivia Street home of Dan Bready.

In a presentation that included a lot of questions and answers to the group of mostly Democrats, the junior senator from New York talked about making generals responsible for sexual assault in the military – particularly men against women.

She also spoke in favor of immigration reform, improving the environment and marriage between two people of the same sex. She also indicated she has a strong foundation in economics.

Gillibrand also talked about what Clinton must do in the 2016 campaign to get the nomination and the election. That, said the senator, would be to be seen not so much as an insider in Washington. She believes the Republicans will turn to a “handsome, white, male” candidate.

The senator said she thinks President Obama should forcefully point out the positives of what has become known as Obamacare and that candidates need to do the same, as Republicans attack the plan as not working.

To the theme of the evening, Gillibrand pointed to several women candidates across the United States – whom she is helping to raise funds. She claims to have helped to the tune of $1.5 million already with much more to come.

In 2006, GillIbrand, 47, was elected to the House of Representatives in a conservative heavily Republican district over four-term Republican John E. Sweeney and was appointed to the Senate in 2009 by New York Gov. David Paterson after President Obama named Clinton as Secretary of State. Gillibrand was elected in a special election in 2010 and again in 2012. The senator is married and has children 5 and 10 years old.

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