Kirsten Gillibrand on Fox News town hall: ‘A lot of America happens to watch that network’

May 15, 2019 GMT

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 presidential contender, on Wednesday defended her decision to participate in a Fox News town hall next month, a day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she turned the network down.

“My belief is that presidents of the United States [need] to represent everyone, and I am going to ask every voter for their vote, regardless of where they live whether they’re in a red state or a purple state or a blue state,” Ms. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, said on MSNBC.

“And I believe you need to meet voters where they are, and a lot of America happens to watch that network so I would like to do a town hall so I can speak to all Americans about their values, their views, their priorities, and where I stand and what my vision for this country is and my experience to actually realize that vision,” she said.


Ms. Warren of Massachusetts, another candidate for Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination, on Tuesday said she turned down the network’s invitation to do a town hall, calling Fox a “hate-for-profit racket.”

Sens. Bernard Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have already participated in town halls hosted by Fox News, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is slated to participate in one this weekend.