Gillibrand: Flip-Flopping 'Is Certainly Not My Record'

March 4, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said during a Monday interview on CBS's "This Morning" that flip-flopping on issues was not part of her record.

CBS anchor Gayle King asked Gillibrand about the perception among Democrats that she's flip-flopped on issues and "betrayed" the Clinton family.

"It's still the talk of dinner party conversations about Senator Gillibrand that she flips and flops, that she betrayed the Clintons, that she seems to go with whatever the wind is blowing," King said. "I know you've heard that. How do you feel about that, and how do you address it?"

"It's certainly not my record, not who I am," Gillibrand responded. "It's true that my first election was a 2-1 Republican district in upstate New York. I was able to run that campaign on getting out of Iraq and [on] 'Medicare for all', but still won a 2-1 Republican district. And won reelection by a 24-point margin."

Before becoming a senator, Gillibrand was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. She was a member of the Blue Dog Democrats, a group of self-described moderate Democrats.

Gillibrand received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, opposed amnesty and driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, called for increase in funding for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and supported English being the official language of the United States.

She has now flipped-flopped on all those positions. She's called her previous positions "wrong" and "callous," saying she's now "embarrassed" and "ashamed" over them.