Kamala Harris on Monday night, moderator Jake Tapper asked her about making history as a Black woman.
Throughout the event, several commentators took note of how many people were present at the Democratic senator's campaign launch, cheering her on.
Her decision to announce her bid on Martin Luther King day last week was tactical, with the relatively quiet public holiday giving her more news coverage, and underscored her values.
Meanwhile, President Trump said yesterday that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz did not have the "guts" to run for the presidency and questioned his intellect just 24 hours after he announced a possible White House bid.
Schultz announced Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he is considering running as an independent in the 2020 election. She pointed to the 2012 shooting rampage at a CT school that left 26 people - mostly children - dead and said members of Congress should have been forced into a room to view the autopsy photos and then been asked to "vote your conscience".
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"If he ran, it would be the best thing possible for Donald Trump", tweeted Congressman Brendan Boyle. I love my country. "We know that we've not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals". "Senator Gillibrand from NY is another one". He cited this as a reason that he no longer considered himself a Democrat. "I'm running to be president of the people, by the people, and for all people". Bernie Sanders is one of them.
Harris spoke of the "arrogance of power" demonstrated by Trump and his administration, and warned that "the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before".
One of the first questions she faced during the town hall was about her prosecutorial past.
"We're gonna have rationed care and it's not gonna be what Americans want", he said. "And then you vote your conscience", Harris said, referring to the 20 children murdered by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. If elected, she would become the first African American woman president in United States history.
For years, California - the nation's most populous state - voted near the end of the process, meaning nominees were often decided before a single Californian cast a vote. "Every time it is said, people will think of us".
The former California attorney general, who also served as district attorney of San Francisco earlier in her career, was also critical of her congressional colleagues who have failed to support gun control measures like the assault weapons ban after mass tragedies like the Parkland, Florida shooting and the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.