Kamala Harris enters 2020 bid with tribute to woman who broke barriers


It's that background which will endear Harris to left-wing primary voters while pushing away pro-life Americans.

Ms Harris launched her presidential bid as the nation observes what would have been the 90th birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "They want a paycheck", Harris said of the federal workers foregoing pay. We know that we've not... "Our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals". "And this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are", she said on the program.

Since Harris sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Stephanopoulos also asked if she has seen any evidence from special prosecutor Bob Mueller's investigation that would warrant impeaching Trump.

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions said her rushed questions were making him "nervous".

In her video sign-off, she sought to build the crowd for her January 27 rally there: "I'll see you in Oakland", she said. "It makes me nervous". "Her name ID is not very high", Sanders said.

Following the record number of women and candidates of color elected during the 2018 midterm elections, Harris - who was born to an Indian mother and Jamaican father - was increasingly floated as a presidential candidate who could similarly represent the increasing diversity of the United States. It depends, to a considerable extent, on the degree to which she can win over African-American voters on the basis of her economic populism. "I will serve my six-year term", she replied.

"I'm a career prosecutor".

In recent weeks she has been building up to an announcement with a new book, including appearances on shows such as "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". She served as the district attorney in San Francisco before she was elected attorney general.

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

Harris, too, faces tough questions on issues of justice.

While Chisholm ultimately fell short, her contribution did not go unnoticed, earning her a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. Let's do this together: For ourselves, for our kids, for our country, ' the Senator said in her announcement video. And early voting in Harris's home state of California will now overlap with the traditional early nominating contests, which could give Harris a boost. Gaining the support of African American voters will likely be an important factor in her ability to secure the nomination.

"There is a lot of work to do, but to suggest it's one or the other, I don't buy that", she said. Harris is married to Douglas Emhoff, also a lawyer like Harris, and they have two children. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have opened exploratory committees, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is readying her run.

The kickoff state of Iowa has a strong base of liberal activists and the race will move quickly to more diverse states such as Nevada and SC.

But she'll have plenty of rivals, some of whom are better-positioned to appeal to the ascendant economic-populist wing of the Democratic Party.

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".