As she launched her bid for the White House on Wednesday outside of a diner in Brunswick, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand acknowledged her positions on issues like gun control have changed over the last decade.

“I would tell them, ‘look at my heart,'” she said.

And she urged Democratic primary voters to look at her Senate record representing a heavily Democratic state, a juxtaposition from her time as a relatively moderate member of the House of Representatives from a Republican-leaning upstate district who was opposed to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and gun control legislation.

Before entering the Senate, Gillibrand had went as far as to say she kept guns in her home under the bed at night.

Gillibrand pointed to the time she spent meeting with victims of gun violence as having an impact on her.

“The pain and the suffering that families are facing every day, I was convicted and I said I have to fight for them too,” she said. “I have to make sure that we fight to end gun violence. What I learned 10 years ago is what American families are learning with these kids from Florida who are part of a movement to end gun violence.””

She added, “I think it’s important to know when you are wrong and to do what’s right.”

Gillibrand announced Tuesday evening on The Late Show she would form an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign. Less than 24 hours later, she was back home in the Capital District flanked by her family, her sons, husband Jonathan and mother Polly, as she entered the race for the Democratic nomination.

“We have to take on President Trump and what he is doing,” she said. “I believe he is literally ripping apart the fabric of this country, the moral fabric. We’ve got to restore that decency and our leadership in the world and so that’s why I feel so called right now to take on that battle.”

Gillibrand, a prodigious fundraiser who has received backing from the financial services industry in New York, pledged to not accept corporate PAC contributions and would not take money from federal lobbyists. She also rejected support from individual super PACs.

“I think it’s important for people to know my values are never for sale,” she said.

Gillibrand’s family has a long history in Albany-area politics. Her grandmother was a trailblazer, having served as a top aide to longtime Albany Mayor Erastus Corning. She spoke also of her mom being one of only a handful of women attending law school.

“I know that I have the compassion and the courage and the fearless determination that is necessary to get this done,” she said. “I know this because of all the people on whose shoulders I stand.”

Gillibrand won a House district represented by Rep. John Sweeney, a Republican who was a favorite of President George W. Bush, in an election victory that helped sweep Democrats back to power in the chamber.

She was a member of the centrist Blue Dog caucus in the House, focusing on issues key to the district, like agriculture. In 2009, then-Gov. David Paterson appointed her to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton over better-known figures like Andrew Cuomo and Caroline Kennedy.

Gillibrand quickly built her profile statewide in a political landscape dominated by men like Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Threatened primaries never materialized and Gillibrand has easily won re-election by record margins against little-known Republicans.

In the Senate, she’s focused on issues like sexual assault in the military and on college campuses while also aiding Democratic women running for office.

Her campaign launch today did not come alongside establishment Democrats offering support. Cuomo, who has said he is not interested in running, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a bid.

Gillibrand served as a top counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development while Cuomo was secretary.

Asked about Cuomo’s support for Biden, Gillibrand smiled and said, “I intend to try to change everybody’s mind.”