Gillibrand talks election year politics

Jun 15, 2012

While visiting Syracuse today to promote a new bill to help small businesses, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand rebuffed the criticisms of her opponents that she has moved further to the left since taking office.

"I have the exact same values as I’ve always had, and that’s fighting for New Yorkers, fighting for small businesses, and helping get this economy back on track," said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand would not say if she had a preference between the three Republican nominees hoping to run against her.

The New York senator said that elections are an opportunity for voters to judge how she's doing at her job but admitted that Congress is not viewed very favorably by voters right now.

"At the end of the day, they’re not wrong Washington is broken, and so what I have to do is show that I’m doing my job, that I care about New Yorkers, and I’m fighting for the right things.," Gillibrand said.

The Republicans vying in the June 26 primary to run against Gillibrand in November are Wendy Long, George Maragos and Bob Turner.