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Gillibrand says she’s worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said during a televised interview on Friday night that she was worried about a lack of diversity among top potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Gillibrand was asked by CNN’s Van Jones about a poll from the network released this week that found that the top three candidates for the Democratic nomination were white men.

The poll showed former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) as the top three potential 2020 Democratic candidates.

“In a party as diverse as ours, does it worry you to see the top three being white guys?” Jones asked Gillibrand, herself a potential presidential candidate, in front of the live audience.

“Yes,” Gillibrand responded.{mosads}

“I aspire for our country to recognize the beauty of our diversity at some point in the future and I hope someday we have a woman president,” she continued, when asked to elaborate.

“I love the fact that Barack Obama was our president for eight years, I hope more people of color not only aspire [but] win the presidency, because that’s what makes America so extraordinary, that we are all of that, we are everything, and I think a more inclusive America is a stronger America.”

Gillibrand is among several Senate Democrats considering presidential bids, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), along with a number of other Democratic candidates across the country.

Regarding running for president in 2020, Gillibrand stated, “I’m definitely thinking about it of course. And I’m going to think about over the holidays with my children and my husband and I will make a decision soon.”

Last month’s midterm elections ushered in a historically diverse freshman class of Democratic representatives, including a record number of women and the first Muslim women and Native American members, while the Democratic presidential field is also expected to include a diverse crop of candidates.

Tags Amy Klobuchar Barack Obama Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Elizabeth Warren Joe Biden Kirsten Gillibrand
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