Gillibrand: 'Solely focused' on 2018, not potential 2020 White House bid

Gillibrand: 'Solely focused' on 2018, not potential 2020 White House bid
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Democratic Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandPentagon launches civilian-led commission to address military sexual assault Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed Lobbying world MORE (N.Y.) on Sunday said she’s currently concentrating on her Senate reelection bid and not a potential run at the White House in 2020.

Gillibrand said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she’s “solely focused” on 2018.


“I'm running for Senate,” she said when CBS News host Margaret Brennan asked if she would run for president in 2020. “And I'm running for reelection in my state, in November.”

Gillibrand, who also said she expects there will be “many women” who run for office in 2020, is expected to easily win reelection this fall. She’s running against GOP nominee Chele Farley.

Gillibrand has been considered a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. She made headlines in June when she became the first sitting senator to call for the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"I believe that it has become a deportation force. And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues," she said at the time on CNN. "I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency, with a very different mission, and take those two missions out. So we believe that we should protect families that need our help, and that is not what ICE is doing today."