“Brave doesn’t pit people against one another. Brave doesn’t put money over lives. Brave doesn’t spread hate, cloud truth, build a wall. That’s what fear does,” Gillibrand says over news footage, including of President Donald Trump.
Gillibrand, 52, is one of six women seeking the Democratic nomination and one of six senators running for president.
The video ends with an invitation to join Gillibrand at the Trump International Hotel on March 24, where she plans to deliver “her positive, brave vision of restoring America’s moral integrity straight to President Trump’s doorstep,” her campaign said in an announcement accompanying the video.
“We need to remember what it feels like to be brave,” she says. “We launched ourselves into space and landed on the moon. If we can do that, we can definitely achieve universal health care. We can provide paid family leave for all, end gun violence, pass a Green New Deal, get money out of politics and take back our democracy. None of this is impossible.”
“Americans are brave every day. … And its these brave choices that inspire me to take on the fights others won’t,” Gillibrand says.
She’ll begin her official campaign with a trip to Michigan, a once solidly blue state that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost to Trump.
Her first week as a declared candidate will include a visit to the early voting states of Iowa and Nevada, and culminate with her speech on March 24 in front of the Trump International Hotel.
She was re-elected to the Senate in 2018 and rose to national prominence as an outspoken critic of Trump, an advocate for women’s issues, and a forceful proponent of the #MeToo movement — all of which will be central to her 2020 campaign.
In 2017, she was the first senator to call for former Minnesota Democrat Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations that he touched women inappropriately.
A female Senate staffer for Gillibrand resigned in 2018 after she accused a male senior adviser of sexual harassment and felt the investigation was “poorly” handled. The accused staffer was not fired at the time for the allegations.
Currently, Gillibrand has yet to reach the 1% marker in polls, a Democratic National Committee requirement to be included in the upcoming 2020 debates.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the date of the rally in front of the Trump International Hotel. It has also been updated with more context about Gillibrand’s record on gay marriage.
CNN’s Dan Merica contributed to this report.