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Gillibrand Approaches 2020 Election With Mindset That Nothing Is Impossible

John Pemble
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the 2019 Iowa State Fair on Saturday.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she has approached her life with the motto that nothing is impossible, a lesson taught to her by her grandmother. She is taking that into the 2020 presidential race.
“You tell me something is impossible, I get it done,” Gillibrand said. “And I’ve done it my whole life.”

The Democratic presidential candidate said when she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, she was told she could not win her congressional district, which was heavily Republican. She won.

And Gillibrand said when asked by people if she can beat President Donald Trump, the answer is, "It is not impossible!"

"I’ll tell you how! Because I always represent everyone," Gillibrand said. "It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live or who you love. I have your back. I will represent your family as if it were my own. It’s who I am. It’s what I’ve done.”

Gillibrand said she would recommit the U.S. to the Paris Agreement on climate and “lead the world in a worldwide conversation about how we attack global climate change.”

“It’s an idea that’s big, but we can do it,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand spoke of President John F. Kennedy, who aspired to put a man on the moon, citing it as an example for what the U.S. is capable of.

“He knew that a space race with Russia would galvanize the country to want to be an astronaut, to want to be an engineer, and it worked,” Gillibrand said. “We can do the same thing with green energy. Our Iowa farmers can be part of biofuels, can be part of how we do carbon sequestration. Rural America can lead the way in how we tackle global climate change.”

Gillibrand said she spent Saturday morning around people who lost loved ones to gun violence. She said she will take on the National Rifle Association and get money out of politics.

“Because it’s not impossible!” Gillibrand said

Katie Peikes is IPR's agriculture reporter