2020 hope­ful Kirsten Gil­li­brand im­merses her­self in South Carolina

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - POLITICS - BY MEG KIN­NARD

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York im­mersed her­self in South Carolina over the week­end, us­ing her first trip to the state to in­tro­duce her­self as a pos­si­ble pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to the heav­ily black Demo­cratic elec­torate.

From a house party and Main Street mar­ket to “chicken and waf­fles” and wor­ship, Gil­li­brand’s stops en­com­passed a broad uni­verse of Democrats in this early vot­ing state who are cru­cial to can­di­dates seek­ing the party’s nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent.

Three days is a sig­nif­i­cant time in­vest­ment at this stage in the cam­paign, as a wide field of can­di­dates sprint among early vot­ing states to raise their pro­files and at­tempt to dif­fer­en­ti­ate them­selves. Gil­li­brand’s visit cul­mi­nated with vis­its to sev­eral black churches in North Charleston, where she spoke about the im­por­tance of faith.

At a Satur­day lun­cheon or­ga­nized by the daugh­ter of House Ma­jor­ity Whip Jim Cly­burn, Gil­li­brand in­tro­duced her­self to about two-dozen at­ten­dees, mostly women, giv­ing her view­points on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, health care re­form and ed­u­ca­tion dis­par­i­ties.

“I think Amer­ica’s up to the chal­lenge” of ad­dress­ing those is­sues, she said, “but we just need lead­er­ship.”

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