Kirsten Gillibrand: The 7 Issues Guide

Today I bring you the 7th installment of TokyoSand’s excellent series, The 7 Issues Guide, helping us get to know a bit about the platforms of the democratic candidates running for the office of president next year. Kirsten Gillibrand is on deck today, and she is one that I know very little about. Thank you, TokyoSand, and your diligent volunteers, for helping us get to know Ms. Gillibrand!



The Democrats have a big field of candidates running for President in 2020. To briefly use a sports analogy, I see our candidates as the starting players on the Blue team, each bringing their own unique strengths to the table in a bid to take our country in a very different direction than the one we’re on today.

But as we well know from 2016, the media (and especially social media) gets fixated on non-substantial issues that take up all the oxygen. Plus, they don’t give the candidates the same treatment or the same amount of airtime.

In order to help voters get to know the Democratic candidates, I’ve enlisted the help of a team of terrific volunteers who have helped gather quotes and information about what the candidates have said or done in regards to the 7 issues that midterm voters identified as the most important. I hope…

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12 thoughts on “Kirsten Gillibrand: The 7 Issues Guide

  1. Dear Jill,

    You reflected my thinking, exactly. Sen. Al Franken deserved due process which he was denied because Sen. Gillibrand led an opposition which gave him no choice but to resign for the good of the party.

    But I have enough data to believe he was the victim of a Roger Stone hatchet job.

    So far I’m liking Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. kamala Harris, and if they get in the race, I like Stacey Abrams and Senator Michael Bennett.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are quite right … when the news about Franken first came out, I was stunned, incredulous, for he just didn’t seem the type. And Gillibrand jumped on the bandwagon so quickly that I was further stunned. I agree, I think he was set up by Roger Stone. A shame, for Franken is, I believe, a good man with his heart in the right place.

      I’m liking Buttigieg (I finally learned how to pronounce it!) a lot, don’t know much about Inslee, and I do like Kamala Harris. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. I am disturbed by knowing that the republicans, perhaps with help from Trump’s friends the Russians, will be digging hard for any shred of dirt they can dig up, whether it’s true or not. Truth doesn’t much seem to matter, for their base are not particularly concerned with facts. Gonna be a long 19 months, my friend.


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          • Only thing which might stop the countries split fracturing completely is a compromise. Sign up to a Brexit but stay in the Customs Union. But that is going to fracture both main parties. Don’t see a viable leader who can deliver this. The former cabinet minister Ken Clark is the best MP option who could get moderates of both parties to work with him. But he’s hated by the right wing of his own party. The guy who would be my best option is David MilIband former Labour Minister and now President of the International Rescue Committee – but he is no longer an MP. Maybe we take Brexit off the politicians and give it to group of specialists with Miliband in charge.

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            • Thanks for your insight! It’s sometimes tough to understand all the ins and outs from this side of the pond, especially when we are mired in our own muck. Do you think the EU would agree to you leaving the EU but staying in the Customs Union? I read that there might be a call for a longer extension, such as a year … possible? I really don’t want to see you guys leave with ‘no deal’. Sigh. It seems that Ms. May is completely ineffectual at this point, but I fear who might replace her, too.

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    • She says all the right things, but she isn’t my favourite. Do you remember Gronda’s post from a week or so ago about her and how she jumped the gun to condemn Senator Al Franken? And some of what she says … I don’t know … it just seems like she’s saying it more because she thinks it is what we want to hear, rather than because it’s what she really thinks. Just my thoughts, of course.

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