U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand attended the recent Spring meeting of the Democratic Rural Conference. Attending on Saturday, when most of the elected officials and some of the attendees had departed from the two day meeting, Gillibrand had the stage to herself for a speech and Q&A.
As a member of the House of Representatives Gillibrand represented a substantially rural district which included the meeting site. She was warmly welcomed by attendees, including numerous congressional candidates running in Democratic primaries. Gillibrand broadly praised those congressional candidates, and readily posed for photos with them, but said afterwards that she does not plan to endorse any candidates in the Democratic congressional primaries. Gillibrand also said afterwards that she intends to vote against the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.
Here is Gillibrand’s full speech:
On primary endorsements & Pompeo nomination: