Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2019

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris says she will run for president in the 2020 election, the eighth person to join the battle for the party's nomination.

Kamala Harris, the second black female senator in United States history, has entered the 2020 presidential race, joining an already crowded Democrat field.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has said she has running, as has former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Sen.

Kamala Harris' rise to political power started in California, where she served as a district attorney and attorney general for the state.

Harris joins what is expected to be a wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination. A case where, as California's attorney general, she won a $20 billion lawsuit for homeowners, holding out against powerful banking interests, is a typical example.

"They're the values we as Americans cherish, and they're all on the line now", Harris says in the video. Eric Swalwell and former attorney general Eric Holder.

However, EmilyRose Johns, a civil rights lawyer who has fought for trans inmates in California, told The Guardian that if Harris "would grapple publicly with what was going on when she was denying the rights of trans people in prison and admit that her mind has changed..."

If elected, Harris would be the first woman and the first woman of Asian and African-American ethnicity to take the Oval Office. Harris so far appears to be the only significant entrant from California, a state with vast resources for a favorite-daughter candidate.

Students now attending Westmount High say they are excited and inspired to have an alumnus in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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It's also likely she could spend significant time in her home state of California, which moved up its primary to Super Tuesday in March 2020 in the hopes of playing a more significant role in the nominating process.

Less than two weeks ago, Harris, 54, said she was not yet ready to make an announcement about a possible campaign.

Del. Robbyn Lewis, a Baltimore Democrat, tweeted she was inspired that Harris announced her candidacy on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Day to declare she wants to be the first black woman to be elected president of the United States.

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

"There is a lot of work to do, but to suggest it's one or the other, I don't buy that", she said.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has begun laying most of the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign.

"While Ms. Warren's stinging attacks on Mr. Trump and Wall Street have helped make her a favorite of grass-roots liberals, she also faces challenges as a presidential candidate: controversy over a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage, skepticism from the party establishment and a lack of experience in a national race", the Times reported in response to Warren's presidential announcement.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey may enter the race, which could spark fierce competition for support from African-American voters with Senator Harris. It will be led by Juan Rodriguez, who was the campaign manager of her 2016 Senate campaign and was also a senior adviser to California Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign.

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