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Presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand to campaign in Pittsburgh

Jamie Martines
Elise Amendola | Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in March in New Hampshire.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will bring her presidential campaign to Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009, is scheduled to meet with health care workers to discuss the rising cost of prescription drugs, according to a statement from the campaign.

The stop is the first on a two-day bus tour.

The Pittsburgh stop is open to the public and will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakland.

After Pittsburgh, Gillibrand will visit Youngstown, Ohio, to discuss outsourcing and layoffs, followed by a stop in Cleveland to meet with retirees to discuss Social Security, according to the statement. The Lordstown General Motors’ plant, located near Youngstown, was idled in March after over 50 years of producing vehicles. About 1,700 jobs were eliminated.

She is scheduled to head to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on Friday to discuss gun violence prevention with residents and activists, followed by a stop in Flint. The three-state tour will close Friday evening with a meet-and-greet in Lansing.

President Barack Obama won Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan twice. All three states flipped to President Donald Trump in 2016.

Gillibrand launched her campaign in March and is running on a platform focused on reversing Trump’s agenda, targeting issues such as the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Her platform also calls for the passage of the “Green New Deal,” universal health care and stricter gun control measures.

Gillibrand is the third 2020 candidate to make a stop in Pittsburgh and one of several to visit Pennsylvania since presidential primary campaigns launched.

Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off his presidential run at a Pittsburgh union hall April 25. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont held a rally days before at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

Beto O’Rourke held a rally at Penn State in March.

Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential primary will be held April 28.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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