(CNSNews.com) - Individual liberty and limited government are among the nation's founding principles, but not according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who gave them her own spin Thursday night:
"Our country was founded on the principles that we should care about one another, that we believe in the golden rule, that I should care about your kids or your kids and your kids as much as I care about my own," she told "Late Night with Stephen Colbert."
Colbert asked the liberal Gillibrand if she's going to run for president.
Here's her full answer:
So I believe it is a moral question for me, and I believe in right versus wrong, and until this election I actually thought wrong was winning.
And as I've traveled across my state, across the country for all these candidates, I've seen the hatred and the division that President Trump has put out into our country, and it has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country.
Our country was founded on the principles that we should care about one another, that we believe in the golden rule, that I should care about your kids or your kids and your kids as much as I care about my own.
And so I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans. So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration. I will do that.
The audience cheered and applauded.
Gillibrand is out with a new book -- a children's book about the suffrage movement, and book publication is always a good indicator that someone intends to enter the 2020 presidential race.
In her interview with Colbert, Gillibrand blamed "the greed of the gun manufacturers and the greed of the NRA" for mass shootings in this country. "But I do believe things are changing," she said, pointing to Democrats who ran on gun control issues and won in the midterm election.
Gillibrand said, "We have to get the money (NRA money) out of politics," and she also said Democrats need to "flip" the Senate to achieve "commonsense" gun reform.
"But I think this country is in a place where we will fight this and totally get it done, because you need these basic reforms."
Gillibrand said one of the first things senators must do when they return to Washington is to pass a bipartisan bill protecting the Mueller investigation.