Kamala Harris announces run for president
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 23, 2019,
Jan 23, 2019, 0:36
"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are", Harris said, explaining why she is running for this nation's highest office.
She launched her campaign on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day, with an announcement on ABC's Good Morning America. In intimate encounters that often brought them to tears, numerous women who approached Harris in Iowa told the former prosecutor about their own struggles with sexual harassment and sexual assault and said she spoke for them with her tough questions during the judiciary committee hearing. "The strength and confidence she exudes and her formidable record as a prosecutor are exactly what the Democrats need in a nominee".
During a question-and-answer session at Howard University in Washington, Harris acknowledged having regrets about some decisions during her tenure.
Harris has done little to hide her presidential ambitions. For Harris, that means persuading primary voters that she has a winning message on economic issues like trade, which powered Trump in the Midwest. Harris becomes the fourth woman now serving in Congress to announce her presidential ambitions.
The Democratic congressman said Harris is "formidable" and "not to be dismissed", but that Warren and Sanders are "two extraordinary progressive icons, and barring something unforeseen I'm likely to support one of them".
NBC News reported that shortly after her GMA appearance, Sen.
Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have both launched exploratory committees while former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro has declared his intentions. She is the third female Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race following Sen.
Harris, who made history in 2016 as the first black woman elected to the US Senate from California, has embraced the party's diversity ahead of a Democratic nominating campaign where minority voters and liberal activists are expected to have an outsized voice.
Harris paid homage to Chisholm's historic campaign by using a similar color scheme and typography in her logo and promotional materials.
"The thought of moving away from sunny California in February, in the middle of the school year, to a French-speaking foreign city covered in 12 feet of snow was distressing, to say the least", she writes in "The Truth We Hold: an American Journey", released earlier this month.
Harris also recently announced the "LIFT Act", a tax proposal that aims to help US families earning less than $100,000 a year to become eligible for a monthly tax credit of up to $500, or $6,000 a year.
"Go, Kamala, go! We can't wait to welcome you to Baltimore!"
And she is only the first African American woman to run for the presidency.
As one of the earliest congressional critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, Harris has pushed hard for a deal to protect from deportation those immigrants who came to the country without documents as children, a group known as Dreamers. Harris grew up mostly in the care of her mother, Shyamala, a breast-cancer researcher. She received national attention as San Francisco District Attorney before being elected California Attorney General in 2010.
As California AG in 2016, Harris won a $1.1 billion settlement against the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges for its abusive predatory lending practices that left tens of thousands of students in student loan debt after receiving "useless degrees".