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Detroit — U.S. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, 52, has represented New York since 2009 and previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Here are highlights of her remarks in Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Detroit.

GILLIBRAND ON THE ISSUES

Why she should be president: "If you want to get something done, just tell me it’s impossible. As a freshman senator, I was told you couldn’t repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Even members of my own party told me it wasn’t convenient. When are civil rights ever convenient? We stood up to the Pentagon and we got it done. Not impossible."  

Health care: "The truth about health care in America today is people can't afford it ... and the insurance companies for these plans that rely on insurance companies, I'm sorry, they're for-profit companies."

Immigration: "President Trump, under his administration, seven children died in his custody ... under his administration families have been torn apart ... but we must not forget about our values.  We used to believe in this country you should treat others the way you want to be treated."

Decriminalizing illegal border entry: "When you talk about whether this should be a crime, you have to remember who we're talking about ... they're not criminals. So I believe that we should have a civil violation."

Quote of the night: "The first thing I’m going to do when I’m president is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office."

kbouffard@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @kbouffardDN

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