Kamala Harris seeks to make history with 2020 presidential bid

Kamala Harris seeks to make history with 2020 presidential bid

Kerry Wise
January 22, 2019

Ms Harris joins Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former housing secretary Julian Castro, among others, either in the race or exploring a run for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

"I am running for president of the United States", the California Democrat said on ABC's "Good Morning America". Vowing to "bring our voices together", Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds.

Harris, 54, will hold an announcement rally in Oakland on January 27, but her first campaign trip will be on Friday, when she will appear at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Pink Ice Gala in Columbia, S.C. Day that she's running for president in 2020 for two-thirds of what Superman once vowed to defend, as well as some other important things: "truth", "justice", "decency", "equality", "freedom", and "democracy".

She received national attention as San Francisco District Attorney before being elected California Attorney General in 2010.

Harris, who is African-American, also said she was "honored" to time her announcement to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr Day. "For ourselves, for our children, and for our country", Harris declares in a campaign video shared on social media and posted to her campaign website at KamalaHarris.org. We know that we've not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.

Harris' campaign will focus on reducing the high cost of living with a middle-class tax credit, pursuing immigration and criminal justice changes and a Medicare-for-all healthcare system, aides said. Bernie Sanders and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, are also mulling possible campaigns. Harris then pivoted to her decades of experience as a prosecutor.

Her announcement has been described as "historic" by Vox, with many Twitter pundits seemingly in agreement. During a recent appearance on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked her if she was planning on running and she appeared to nod.

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Harris addressed her law enforcement background in her book.

"The more deft among the candidates-and we'll see if Harris is among them-will figure out how to distance themselves from their records with honest apologies and, even better, actions that manifest a commitment to change", she wrote.

Her tenure as attorney general was marked by efforts to protect consumers and fight sexual trafficking.

Harris' rich mixture of heritage has led some supporters to refer to her as "the female Barack Obama". Her team clearly sees her strongest potential for an early state victory in SC, where African-Americans made up 61 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in 2016.

The former California state attorney general has become popular with liberal activists for her tough questioning of Trump administration appointees and officials, including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during Senate hearings.

But she didn't directly answer a question from a reporter on whether inmates from around the country should have access to gender reassignment surgery.