Gillibrand on female 2020 candidates: People will get ‘more comfortable with women as leaders’

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program Sanders targets gig economy as part of new labor plan Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-N.Y.), one of several women running for president in 2020, said Tuesday that the number of female candidates in the Democratic primary field could help shift perceptions of women in leadership positions.

“I like the fact that we have six women running for president, and I think people will get more and more comfortable with women as leaders,” she said during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

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Gillibrand, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-Hawaii) and author Marianne Williamson are all running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in an unprecedented field. As many as 30 candidates overall could throw their hats into the ring. 

Gillibrand said on MSNBC that women are particularly ready to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE in 2020, asserting that he “doesn’t value women.”

“I think women across America just felt that they had to be heard,” she said, citing the high midterm turnout among female voters and the record number of women elected to Congress, as well as enthusiasm around the 2017 Women’s March.

“Having this whole class of women … holding President Trump accountable is refreshing.”

Gillibrand has focused her early campaign around advocating for women. Earlier Tuesday said she would welcome sitting down with Trump to discuss legislation to provide paid family leave.