“…I am very confidant that I will reach the debate stage. [….] And for the people that have turned out for this town hall we need a voice on the Democratic debate stage who puts women’s rights at the fore, who actually talks about why access to abortion is such a basic civil human right. Uh, you need a campion and I am that champion…”
From Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D) presidential campaign:
After more than eight months, and with clarity that she will not have access to the September debate stage, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is suspending her campaign for president today. While this is not the result we wanted, Kirsten is proud of her aggressive, innovative and policy-driven campaign, and has never been more optimistic about Democrats’ chances to defeat President Trump and lay the foundation for our country’s future.
In a historically large field, Kirsten distinguished herself as the fiercest fighter for women and families. She took bold stances that pushed her Democratic opponents to follow suit, from her Family Bill of Rights to the first comprehensive reproductive rights plan in the field. Overall, Kirsten rolled out more than fifteen policy proposals.
Kirsten maintained an aggressive schedule from day one. She held the most public events in the first quarter of the campaign, connecting with voters in living rooms, breweries and cycling studios across Iowa and New Hampshire. She kept up a relentless pace throughout, including her determined fight for women’s reproductive rights from the frontlines in Georgia, Missouri and on Fox News. Kirsten also led the charge in standing up to Donald Trump, officially launching her campaign in front of Trump International Hotel, laying out a foreign policy vision to contrast with Trump’s endless wars, and highlighting his broken promises to voters in the Rust Belt.
Our campaign earned praise for its strong infrastructure, creativity, digital strategy, policy rollouts, and a state-of-the-art field operation. We built deep ties on the ground, picking up endorsements from influential Iowans and Granite Staters. Despite a historically crowded field, and competitive fundraising and media environment, Kirsten’s campaign consistently generated breakout moments and notable press coverage, demonstrating clout far out-pacing her perceived status in the race.
There is dignity and strength in knowing when it’s not your time. Moving forward, Kirsten will focus on uniting our party and our country to beat Donald Trump, flip the Senate and elect women up and down the ballot—in addition to fighting as hard as ever for New York families in the U.S. Senate by continuing to take on the fights that others won’t.
Kirsten and the campaign left it all on the field to make third debate in September, recognizing the importance of being on the stage. In the third quarter, the campaign ramped up spending and invested heavily in television in Iowa and New Hampshire, digital advertising, and added nearly 30 field staff in order to build a strong voter contact program. Kirsten traveled through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan for her Trump Broken Promises tour, as well as to St. Louis, Missouri for a reproductive rights town hall.
We end our campaign with under $800,000 cash on hand.
While her presidential campaign is ending, Kirsten is still on a mission to elect women up and down the ballot. Kirsten will relaunch her Off the Sidelines PAC by October and will raise and invest at least $1 million to elect women this cycle.
Next month, Kirsten will head to Texas to support an Annie’s List event, focused on turning Texas blue with Democratic women candidates. And she intends to do everything she can to elect more women in her effort to flip the Senate, from states like Iowa to Kentucky. Of course, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination for president, Kirsten is 100% committed to doing what she can to beat Donald Trump.
Kirsten’s work isn’t done—not by a long shot. She has a clear mission: to defeat President Trump, flip the Senate, and elect women up and down the ballot. It’s the only way we can repair our moral fabric and protect everything we care about.
Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019 (July 14, 2019)