Gillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run

Gillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg Kamala Harris backs putting third gender option on federal ID MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday dodged a question about whether she could support former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE as a potential 2020 presidential candidate following statements that Gillibrand made last year about former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPost-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 What Trump voters got right The Memo: Harris move shows shift in politics of gun control MORE's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

"Last year you said that President Clinton should have stepped aside in the Lewinsky affair," CNN's Brianna Keilar said to Gillibrand. "Hillary Clinton recently said she rejected the idea that it was an abuse of power, seemed very out of step with where the national Democratic conversation is. Is that reason for why she should not run?"

"I think every woman should consider whether they want to run, and there's going to be several, which is exciting," Gillibrand said.

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"But what she said, is that what you could stand behind?" Keilar asked. "I'm assuming that is not what you would want to hear your candidate saying."

Gillibrand said, "I think Secretary Clinton will make her own decision based on what she wants to do and what vision she wants to share with America. And I think that there are many women who will look at what President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE has done to this country, dividing us, tearing us apart ... I think women will feel called to this moment as to whether they need to run whether they need to share their vision for America."

"How important is it for them to reflect the national conversation?" Keilar asked. "To reflect in this 'Time's Up,' 'Me Too' era in a way we didn't see her doing?"

"I think every candidate needs to run on their values," said Gillibrand, who has signaled that she may run for president in 2020.

She has made waves for rebuking individuals, including high-profile Democrats, accused of sexual misconduct.

Gillibrand criticized now-former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWinners and losers from first fundraising quarter Election analyst says Gillibrand doesn't have 'horsepower to go the full distance' Gillibrand campaign links low fundraising to Al Franken backlash: memo MORE (D-Minn.) as well as former President Clinton.

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has defended her husband, saying last month that it was not an abuse of power for her husband to have had an affair with a White House intern.