Gillibrand Felt ‘Extraordinary Joy,’ Talks Pakistan Push-Pull

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she felt “extraordinary joy” at hearing the news about the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan yesterday.

“It’s a moment of triumph and I think it’s very important for New Yorkers,” she said in an interview on CBS’ Early Show this morning. She said she had spoken to some firefighters and other responders, including John Feal, with whom she worked closely on the 9/11 health care bill, and said: “They just feel like it’s one for the good guys.”

Gillibrand was asked about U.S. relations with Pakistan, which she visited in November. “We’ve had a very push-me-pull-me relationship with Pakistan for a long time,” she said. “We have invested billions of dollars in that country, but when we’ve asked them to run certain operations, we don’t always get the answer that we want.”