Ashley Judd hoping Gillibrand qualifies for debates: 'Her voice needs to be there'
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Ashley Judd is making a push for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes MORE to be included on the Democratic presidential debate stage, saying the New York lawmaker’s voice “needs to be there.”

The “Divergent” star and prominent #MeToo movement activist wrote to her more than 350,000 Twitter followers on Monday that she recently received a call from Gillibrand.

Calling Gillibrand a “brave voice” who’s recently demonstrated “her ability to be bold and hold her line,” the 51-year-old actress wrote:


The ”more smart people we have debating how to take us forward, the more likely we are to have the best candidate,” Judd wrote. “America deserves that.”

More than two dozen Democrats are vying to make the cut to appear on the party's presidential debate stages when they kick off later this month.

To secure one of the 20 spots in the first and second debates, a candidate has to either receive donations from at least 65,000 individual donors or register 1 percent of support in three polls approved by the Democratic National Committee.

An analysis last month by The Hill found that Gillibrand, at the time, had met only the polling threshold.