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Launch Of New Movement For Female President Has Spotlight On Gillibrand

MPOTUS: Madam President Of The United States
New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Union Square - May 3, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Union Square – May 3, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Could a U.S. Senator from New York be the first woman to serve as President?

The recently retired Hillary Clinton hasn’t announced whether she’ll run or not for the Oval Office, but the Madam President campaign is underway.

EMILY’s List, which stand’s for Early Money Is Like Yeast, is a group known for supporting pro-choice Democratic women for elected office. It has launched the movement to elect the first woman Commander-in-Chief.

Outside of the potential leading woman candidate, they also think her younger successor, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, may be “Madam President” material, WCBS 880′s Monica Miller reported Friday.

But is she interested?

“No. I have no plans to run,” Gillibrand said at a Union Square event today.

LINK: EMILY’s List Madam President Campaign

But some political pundits have raised concerns about Clinton’s age. Even though she’ll still be younger than Ronald Reagan was when he took office, Clinton will be 69 in 2016.

“I have no concerns about and, in fact, I think her experience, her breadth of experience, her work as being Secretary of State, as being Senator of New York, as being First Lady, really supports the argument that is she not only the most qualitied, but she is prepared to be the Commander-in-Chief,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand said she’s not sure what Clinton will do. But if she runs, she’ll have the institutional knowledge to handle the major issues the country is facing.

“Not only is our economy difficult, but we have terrorism issues nationwide, along with urgent crises abroad that really do imperil U.S. national security,” Gillibrand said.

Opinion polls and interest groups are part of the political landscape for lawmakers like Gillibrand, but she says what EMILY’s List is doing will help crack the glass ceiling.

“They want to create a nationwide grass-roots movement to talk about what skills women bring to leadership and that we, as Americans, would like to have a woman Commander-in-Chief,” Gillibrand said. “Hillary Clinton is certainly my favorite. I will be advocating her not only to run, and if she does choose to run, I will help her win.”

The 2016 election is just 1,285 days away.

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