White House Watch: Democratic Presidential Field Continues To Grow

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The Democratic field continues to grow with two more Senators entering the U.S. Presidential campaign. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand entered the presidential campaign last week, declaring her intentions to seek the Democratic nomination.

The 55-year-old attorney condemned President Donald J. Trump in a visit toIowaover the weekend. Gillibrand said Trump had brought “darkness” to America with “his racist message.” 

Gillibrand used words such as “heartless,” “immoral,” “inhuman,” and “beyond disgraceful” to describe the Trump administration’s first two years.

Gillibrand has served in the Senate since 2009, when she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton. She previously served in the U.S. House, representing upstate New York. She is proposing a “Medicare for All” health care system and wants to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

On Monday, California Senator Kamala Harris declared her intentions to run, becoming the first black woman in the field. Harris chose Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to make her announcement, imploring supporters in a video to “claim our future.”

As a prosecutor, Harris, 54, has gone after transnational gangs, gun runners, drug dealers and human trafficking. She gained attention with hard questioning of former U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions during Senate intelligence committee hearings on Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Prior to election to the Senate, Harris served as California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017 and was district attorney for San Francisco from 2004 to 2010.

Harris and Gillibrand join Senate colleague Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard and former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro as declared Democratic presidential candidates.

LGBT Winners of The Week:

 1.         Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services: New commissioner Nikki Fried added sexual orientation and gender identity to the department’s workplace protections.The policy change, affecting an estimated 4,000 employees, was hailed as historic and a first for a Florida governmental agency.

2.         Kate Brown, Oregon Governor:Brown was sworn in to her second and final term as Oregon Governor. She identifies as bisexual. Her husband pitched in during the federal government shutdown toclean the bathroomsat Mount Hood National Forest Sno-Park. He sent the $28 bill to President Trump.

 


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