Gillibrand officially kicks off 2020 campaign

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday delivered a speech officially kicking off her 2020 presidential campaign by offering criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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 SandersBernie SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses 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."