Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took a hard left turn in her political positions after being elected to Congress.
She was once praised by the National Rifle Association. That’s before the Democrat changed course to push for tougher gun laws.
Gillibrand also once opposed protections for undocumented immigrants. Now, she’s a proud supporter of immigration reform.
These are the kinds of changes that her political opponents will point to as weaknesses. The senator sees them as strengths.
They are certainly some ways she sets herself apart from the rest of the field. Here’s the third part of my conversation with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on 4 The Record.
Gillibrand was once given an A grade from the NRA for being a staunch supporter of gun rights.
She opposed amnesty. She opposed sanctuary cities.
And she has since done a 180 on all three, at one point saying that it’s important to know when she’s wrong.
We asked Gillibrand why that should be good enough for voters to support her rather than her opponents who’ve held these positions all along.
Free college tuition
It’s hard to distinguish a lot of the Democrats in the race.
Gillibrand supports universal health care, addressing climate change, criminal justice reform, stronger background checks when buying guns, legalizing recreational marijuana and making college more affordable.
She proposes free community college and debt-free college at four-year public institutions.
It’s free college as long as you don’t come from a family that makes more than $125,000 a year.
She and Amy Klobuchar hold that same position.
Gillibrand explained the stipulation on income and why it would not be free for everyone if everyone is paying into the system.
Watch the full converation in the video above.
Question of the week
We didn’t have enough time to cover all of the topics we wanted to during our session.
We hope to have another conversation to bring you that in the future.
That brings us to our question of the week.
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