Gillibrand Throwing Her Hat into 2020 Ring

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the ever-expanding field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, telling television host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that she’s launching an exploratory committee.

“It’s an important first step, and it’s one I am taking because I am going to run,” the New York senator said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She listed a series of issues she would tackle as president, including better health care for families, stronger public schools and more accessible job training.

Gillibrand, 52, has already made plans to campaign in Iowa over the weekend, more than a year before the lead-off caucus state votes.