USA Today reporter Susan Page speaks with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about the epidemic of military sexual assault:
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has led the effort to remove sexual assault cases from the U.S. military chain of command. Last month, she won support from 55 senators, a majority but short of the 60 needed to move forward. On USA TODAY’s Capital Download, she discusses that campaign and her efforts to convince more women to run for office — including Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom Gillibrand succeeded in the Senate. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.