Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of Democratic Race

Rachel Mummey/The New York Times

Rachel Mummey/The New York Times


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On Wednesday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she is withdrawing her name from contention for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after learning that she failed to qualify for the third Democratic debate in Georgia. Gillbrand has said that she will endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary but has not made her selection yet. Her campaign was premised on gender equality and women’s access to healthcare. She said that “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.” Several other Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race in the weeks leading up to the September debate, including former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, TK Eric Salwell, and TK Jay Inslee.

A left-leaning New York Times article on Gillibrand’s withdrawal focuses on her policy positions, noting that while she holds passionate liberal ideals, she failed to distinguish herself from the crowded candidate field, unlike competitors Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren even though she espoused many of the same progressive ideals. Although she did not meet the 2 percent polling required to join the September debates, the article notes that “Unlike some other frustrated candidates, she declined to complain about the Democratic National Committee’s qualifying rules for the debates: ‘I think the D.N.C. did the best they could,’ she said.”

A right-leaning article from the Daily Caller, in contrast, focused on pundit Tucker Carlson’s reaction to Gillibrand leaving the race. On his Fox News show, Carlson called Gillibrand the “worst candidate ever.” Carlson suggested that Gillibrand had not held progressive ideals until it was politically expedient. The article is predominantly composed of quotes from Carlson. On Gillibrand’s efforts to remove Al Franken from the Senate, Carlson said “It was that unfair. But that’s Kirsten Gillibrand in a nutshell, a pampered hypocrite with no scruples, happy to lecture you about your failings and your privilege.”

A short centrist article from NPR on Gillibrand’s exit relays Gillibrand’s remarks to her supporters in a video announcing the end of her campaign: "It's important to know when it's not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country," Gillibrand said. "I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020." The article also note that there are now 20 active candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination, 10 of whom have qualified for the September debate.