Gillibrand officially kicks off 2020 campaign

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday delivered a speech officially kicking off her 2020 presidential campaign by offering criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE and touting progressive policies, including the Green New Deal and "Medicare for all."

Gillibrand, speaking in New York in front of Trump International Hotel & Tower, called Trump a "coward" and said the hotel is "a shrine to greed, division and vanity," according to CNN. "The people of this country deserve a president worthy of your bravery, a president who not only sets an example but follows yours," she added.

"Your bravery inspires me every day, and that is why I'm running for president of the United States," Gillibrand continued.

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Gillibrand announced in January that she was forming an exploratory committee for president and said last week that she would officially launch her campaign. She has thus far lagged behind her opponents seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, with candidates including Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats' plans to probe admin will cost them 'big time' in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) consistently leading her in polling.

Gillibrand on Sunday also touted her voting record in the Senate, describing herself as having more of an anti-Trump record "than anyone else in the Senate," according to Politico

She added, however, that she is "not running for president because of who I’m fighting against" but "because of who I’m running for."

CNN reported that Gillibrand also promoted the Green New Deal, universal pre-K, Medicare for all and national paid leave as policies she would pursue if elected president. 

Politico reported that Gillibrand called the Green New Deal, which seeks to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions to zero, "this generation's moonshot."

"We can’t afford not to achieve this," Gillibrand said. "And we don’t have more time to waste."