AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - A 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made a campaign stop here in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. New York senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, visited the all-girls school, Ann Richards, to encourage and motivate the students to follow their dreams. “Ann Richards is such an amazing iconic leader she is the shoulder in which all of us stand with what she did here in Texas,” said Gillibrand.
Senator Gillibrand threw her hat into the presidential political ring earlier this year.
Her stop in Austin was to share a message of encouragement to young women. “We as girls, we as women sometimes we are our biggest doubters. Don't doubt yourself you're smart, you're amazing, you're beautiful,” said Gillibrand.
While growing up the senator also went to an all-girls school which played a big reason for coming to this school in Austin, she also said she has many supports here in general in Texas.
Senator Gillibrand also took questions from the students, like why she decided to run for president. “I believe we need someone willing to take on the corruption and the greed that dominates Washington. I think our democracy has been distorted over many decades,” said Gillibrand.
She also hit issues like guns, education, and immigration. “In this campaign alone I’m not going to take corporate PAC checks or federal lobbyist money or have an individual super PAC because we need to put the power in the hands of the people,” said Gillibrand.
Gillibrand is part of the growing list of Democrats vying for the White House, including Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, and Bernie Sanders.