Sen. Gillibrand: 'I am personally urging Secretary Clinton to run'

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"I am personally urging Secretary Clinton to run," Gillibrand said during an event at the Third Way think tank on Tuesday. "I've told her I plan to support her in any way I can."

Gillibrand's statement came the same day that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced her support for Ready for Hillary, the super-PAC that is trying to draft Clinton to run for president in 2016.

Gillibrand's comments are a reiteration of previous statements she has made. An aide to Gillibrand noted that even during the 2012 Democratic national convention in Charlotte, N.C., the senator from New York had voiced support for Clinton to run in 2016.

In March 2012, Gillibrand told BuzzFeed that she planned to be "one of the first" to urge Clinton to run in 2016.

"I’m going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016," Gillibrand said in the interview. 

"I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president. I think she’s extremely well prepared. Her experience as Secretary of State has not only elevated her stature and experience, but she’s proven she’s someone who can get things done and I think she’d be an outstanding candidate."