Kamala Harris announces run for president
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 23, 2019,
Jan 23, 2019, 0:31
Confirming what had been speculated for months, senator Kamala Harris will enter the Democratic presidential race for 2020.
"When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward with serious and credible allegations of sexual assault, not only was she attacked by Senate Republicans, she was mocked by the President of the United States", Harris said. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for American values.
If elected, she would be the first woman and woman of colour to be the president of the United States. Harris, her campaign will be based right in the city, with a second location in Oakland, California.
The first Indian-origin former Attorney General of California has selected Baltimore, near Washington DC, in the East Coast as her 2020 campaign headquarters.
"All the black voters in the southern states from MS to Georgia and in between don't necessarily know who Senator Harris is". "When you break things, it is painful".
Announcing her run on Martin Luther King Jr.
Almost 22 months before the 2020 election, the battle for the White House is already firming up, as Americans begin to assess who might be the opposition party nominee to challenge Trump for control of the White House.
Harris launched a book tour in early January to promote a memoir, making a series of media appearances that helped bolster her visibility ahead of her campaign announcement.
But some strategists say Harris' diverse background and name recognition could be an advantage for her.
Right now, of the candidates we know will be running for the liberal center, Harris is probably the best-positioned. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals ...
Howard County Councilman Opel Jones, who has endorsed Harris for president, said he was "extremely excited" about her campaign and the local connection.
In the Senate she has earned a reputation for sharp questioning and a sceptical approach to Trump Administration officials. The theme of her nascent campaign is "Kamala Harris, for the people", the same words she spoke as a prosecutor, trying a case in the courtroom.
During a tense exchange with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Trump campaign contacts with Russia, Sessions stopped her.
"I've been a little surprised that there hasn't been more talk about the other high-profile male candidates announcing", said Bret Nilles, chairman of the Linn County, Iowa, Democrats. "It makes me nervous".
Harris may also have California rivals to fend off in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Representative Eric Swalwell, whose district is in the Bay Area, both of whom are considering 2020 runs.
Harris, the daughter of a Tamil Indian mother and Jamaican father, made a broad pitch for the presidency centred on a return to national unity and decency. They divorced when Harris was young, and her mother raised her and her younger sister, Maya. An avid debater, she completed her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
"I'm a career prosecutor".
She is planning her first trip Friday to an early primary state as a declared candidate. Eric Swalwell and former attorney general Eric Holder.
Harris, too, faces tough questions on issues of justice.
"The job of a progressive prosecutor is to look out for the overlooked." unless of course *one* of the overlooked happens to be on death row as she *appealedwant* to send those convicts to the gas chamber, she felt she *owed* it to them.
In the first 30 minutes after her announcement, Harris received individual online contributions from all 50 states, spokesman Ian Sams said on Twitter. And some of her California colleagues may support one of her out-of-state rivals. Harris is married to Douglas Emhoff, also a lawyer like Harris, and they have two children.
That has been a constant theme of her appearances over the past year on her book tour, and in early-voting states like Iowa and SC, where she will campaign on Friday.
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Harris will hold a formal campaign launch in Oakland next week. Some D's tell me she's not left enough.
Harris has played a prominent role as Washington confronted the #MeToo movement, and was among the first senators to call on Senator Al Franken to resign previous year amid allegations of misconduct.
That's something Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had difficulty doing in the 2016 presidential race - particularly with older African-Americans who are the most reliable voters.