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Sen. Gillibrand lauds Oprah speech about women being heard

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday to talk about women in business. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester, N.Y., Monday to talk about women in business.

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., stopped at a business called Instant Monogramming and touted legislation to help women and minority-owned businesses succeed.

One of the topics that came up was Gillibrand's consideration as a presidential candidate in 2020. When asked, Gillibrand said she is focused on becoming re-elected to the Senate in 2018.

But that did not stop the conversation from pivoting to another woman who is generating buzz as a potential presidential candidate: Oprah Winfrey.

Gillibrand did not talk about the buzz about Oprah as a political figure, but instead praised the TV host's Golden Globes speech on Sunday night.

"Oprah's speech last night was really an important speech because she was talking about making sure all women are heard," Gillibrand said. "So whether it's the woman who is going to help clean this place tonight or the woman working a double shift, or on a farm, their stories matter too."

Last month, a CNN interview with Gillibrand gained international attention after she said that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual assault that first surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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