Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Race, Did Not Qualify For Next Debate

'It’s important to know when it’s not your time'

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• August 28, 2019 9:35 pm


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) announced on Twitter Wednesday, she is ending her presidential campaign.

"Today, I am ending my campaign for president. I am so proud of this team and all we’ve accomplished. But I think it's important to know how you can best serve. To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate," Gillibrand said. 

In her tweet, Gillibrand also released a video thanking her supporters and explaining that it was the end of her campaign. 

"I wanted you to hear if from me first, that after more than eight incredible months, I’m ending my presidential campaign. I know this isn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to win this race. But it’s important to know when it’s not your time, and to know how you can best serve your community and country," Gillibrand said. "I’m so proud of this campaign and everything we’ve achieved."

Gillibrand participated in the June and July presidential debates, but the latest rules to qualify for the stage has shut her out for the next round. Democratic candidates had to register 2 percent in at least four DNC approved polls and receive 130,000 unique campaign contributions by August 28. Gillibrand averaged under 1 percent in national polls. 

In the July debate, she made a plea to the audience in her closing statement.

"There is no false choice. We don’t need a liberal or progressive with big ideas or we don’t need a moderate who can win back Trump/Obama voters, you need someone who can do both. And that’s who I am. Please go to so I can make the next debate stage," Gillibrand said.

Ten candidates have qualified for next month’s debate. The debate is scheduled for Sept. 12 and is sponsored by ABC News and Univision.