Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she was forming an exploratory committee, which is political-speak for “I’m running for President.”
She suggested that she was running on health care, education, and job training, and that she would go after “the systems of power that make all of that the impossible, which means taking on institutional racism, taking on corruption and greed in Washington, taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night. I know that I have the compassion, courage, and fearless determination to get that done.”
Welcome to the race, Senator Gillibrand. She joins Elizabeth Warren as the only other candidate who has officially announced (Tom Steyer has already dropped out), although Kamala Harris has all but announced, while Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke seem like definite possibilities, as well.
I genuinely have no idea who among those I’ll be pulling for yet. I like Gillibrand, I like Harris, and I like O’Rourke, and Cory Booker has even piqued my interest now that there are rumors he’s dating Rosario Dawson. (Is that shallow? Yes, that’s shallow. But First Lady Rosario Dawson? COME ON!)