Gillibrand made the announcement on Tuesday, saying she was launching an exploratory committee for the White House run, which will allow her to legally begin fundraising and organizing her campaign.
“It’s an important first step, and it’s one I am taking because I am going to run,” she said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Presstv Reported.
Asked why she wanted to enter the presidential contest, the 52-year-old attorney said, “I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.”
Gillibrand's leaning towards the left in recent years is marked by her tapping into national causes such as #MeToo movement that mobilize the Democrat vote base.
Political consultant and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk believes that “she’s done an excellent job carving out a message and space for herself among the potential candidates.”
However, Gillibrand has not always been a firm believer in liberal values.
“Gillibrand won her upstate New York district by running to the right: she campaigned against amnesty for illegal immigrants, promised to restore fiscal responsibility to Washington, and pledged to protect gun rights,” The American Conservative commented on her victorious 2006 campaign for Congress.
She has since expressed remorse for her stance on immigration and gun control. “It was something that I'm embarrassed about and I'm ashamed of."
Gillibrand replaced Hillary Clinton in the Senate when the latter was appointed secretary of state in 2009.