Politics

Gillibrand Surprised and Unprepared to Be Asked a Debate Question

Gillibrand was taken aback and smiled awkwardly as the audience laughed

Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) was caught off guard by a debate question Wednesday, hesitating and simply saying "um" in response to a question from moderator Don Lemon.

After Vice President Joe Biden gave an answer about his immigration policy and former President Barack Obama's attempts to achieve immigration reform, moderator Don Lemon asked, "Senator Gillibrand, what's your response?"

Gillibrand, looking surprised, simply replied "Um" and hesitated for six seconds before giving an answer. The audience reacted by laughing at the senator's apparent confusion.

She then pivoted to talking about President Donald Trump.

"Again, um, President Trump, under his administration, seven children died in his custody. Under his administration families have been torn apart," she finally responded. "This party is talking about real ideas for the future. We're talking about what we will to change the future."

Gillibrand is currently struggling in the polls, trailing such lackluster candidates as Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Gov. John Hickenlooper (D., Co.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Mn.).