Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently tweeted that "our future is female" and "intersectional." That worldview is why recent polls measuring the popularity of potential candidates for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination are so concerning to her.
CNN's latest poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) as the top three candidates — all white men.
Gillibrand, who is not a white man, and who is among those expected to contend for the 2020 nomination, told CNN's Van Jones that she is worried about the early results.
Jones asked Gillibrand, "In a party as diverse as ours, does it worry you to see the top three being white guys?"
"Yes," Gillibrand answered. "I aspire for our country to recognize the beauty of our diversity at some point in the future, and I hope someday we have a woman president.
"I love the fact that Barack Obama was our president for eight years," Gillibrand said. "I hope more people of color, not only aspire, and win the presidency, because that's what makes America so extraordinary, that we are all of that. We are everything, and I think a more inclusive America is a stronger America."
While Gillibrand is not polling well so far (only 1 percent said they'd be most likely to support her for the nomination), she may take some solace in the fact that a number of "diverse" or "intersectional" candidates are ahead of her, such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
CNN's poll has Biden earning 30 percent of support, Sanders 14 percent, and O'Rourke 9 percent. More people chose "none" (8 percent) or "Someone else" (2 percent) than chose Gillibrand, who said she hasn't decided whether or not to run.
"So I have that vision," Gillibrand said. "And so, the question is, do I do that from a presidential platform or do I do it from the U.S. Senate? And that is a question I will decide very soon."