Kamala Harris Announces She’s Running for President

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Monday officially announced her candidacy for president of the United States, joining what is shaping up to be crowded fray in the double digits.

The first-term senator revealed she is jumping into the race during a sit-down interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, stating: “I am running for president of the United States, and I’m very excited about it.”

“The American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them, who is going to see them, who will hear them, who will care about them and put them in front of self-interest,” she told co-hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.

Harris, the subject of presidential buzz since her election to the Senate in 2016, further stoked such speculation after releasing her memoir The Truths We Hold: An American Journey and subsequent book tour and media blitz last month.

Harris also shared an announcement video to social media, touting her long record as a public servant and vision for the country.  “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others raising their voices to fight for our American values,” Harris said. “That’s why I’m running for president of the United States. To lift those voices. To bring our voices together.”

Without referencing his name, Harris criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and personal style, warning that justice and decency are “all on the line now.”

Before she was elected to the Senate, Harris served as the San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general for 12 years combined. Harris, who is the second African-American woman to serve in the Senate, announced her bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signaling she will make civil rights a focal point of her campaign.

Appearing on ABC’s The View earlier this month, Harris said the time has come for a woman of color to be president.

“Absolutely,” Harris replied when asked by co-host Abby Huntsman if America was ready. “Listen — I’m not saying that about myself, but I am saying that about the capacity of the American public.”

Harris recently discussed the ongoing government shutdown in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, accusing the president of “holding the American people hostage over his vanity project” — a reference to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“The president is holding the American people hostage over his vanity project. That’s what’s happening,” said Harris. “This is a crisis of his own making. I find it outrageous, and it would be fascinating if it weren’t potentially so destructive to sit back and think that he’s talking about issuing an emergency order over a crisis of his own making.”

Harris joins what is expected to be a wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination. There’s no apparent front-runner at this early stage and Harris will face off against several Senate colleagues. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have both launched exploratory committees, while Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are also looking at the race.

If Booker enters the race, he and Harris could face fierce competition for support from black voters.

She plans a formal campaign launch in Oakland on January 27. The campaign will be based in Baltimore, with a second office in Oakland.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Democrat nomination, is also considering a campaign. Several other Democrats have already declared their intentions, including Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and ex-Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) are said to be considering presidential campaigns of there own.

Harris is already planning her first trip to an early primary state as a declared candidate. On Friday, Harris will travel to South Carolina to attend the Pink Ice Gala in Columbia, which is hosted by a South Carolina chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, which the California senator pledged as an undergraduate student at Howard University. The sorority, founded more than 100 years ago, is a stronghold in the African-American community.

South Carolina, where black voters make up a large share of the Democratic electorate, is likely to figure heavily into Harris’s prospects. And early voting in Harris’s home state of California will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests, which could give the 2020 hopeful a boost.

Harris’s campaign team is already taking shape and includes several veterans of Democrat politics. Juan Rodriguez, who ran Harris’s 2016 Senate campaign, will manage her presidential bid. Her sister, Maya Harris, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton, will be the campaign chair. The veteran campaign finance lawyer Marc Elias will serve as the Harris campaign’s general counsel, and Angelique Cannon, who worked for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, will serve as national finance director. David Huynh, who was Clinton’s director of delegate operations in 2016, will serve as a senior adviser. Further Lily Adams, a Clinton campaign alum who has worked as Harris’s spokeswoman, will be communications director. Her staff says she plans to reject the assistance of a super PAC, as well as corporate PAC money. Harris invested heavily in cultivating a digital, small-dollar donor network before her presidential bid.

Harris is likely to face questions about her law enforcement record, particularly after the Black Lives Matter movement and activists across the country pushed for a criminal justice overhaul. Harris’s prosecutorial record has recently come under new scrutiny after a blistering opinion piece in The New York Times criticized her repeated claim that she was a “progressive prosecutor,” focused on changing a broken criminal justice system from within.

In December, a top aide to Harris resigned over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice.

Larry Wallace, a senior adviser in Harris’s Sacramento office, stepped down from his post after the Sacramento Bee inquired about the 2017 settlement, the newspaper reported.

The lawsuit by Danielle Hartley alleges Wallace harassed and demeaned her based on her gender while she was working for him, according to the Bee. Hartley says Wallace placed his computer printer under his desk and routinely asked Hartley to crawl under to refill it with paper, while he was sitting there and sometimes with other men in the room. He also asked Hartley to do personal tasks not related to work. Hartley began as Wallace’s assistant in 2011. She reported the harassment to her supervisor and felt she was retaliated against, according to the lawsuit. She was transferred to another Department of Justice office by the end of 2014.

“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” a Harris spokeswoman said at the time. “This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator, and she accepted it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Source link

more recommended stories

  • George Conway: Congress Has 'Constitutional Duty' to Remove 'Cancer' Trump

    Attorney George Conway, husband of White.

  • Chrissy Teigen Smears Laura Ingraham as a ‘White Supremacist’

    Model-turned-left-wing activist Chrissy Teigen slammed Laura.

  • Attorney General William Barr Releases Mueller Report

    Attorney General William Barr on Thursday.

  • 1 in 4 Inmates Is Foreign-Born, Costing U.S. Taxpayers $1.4B a Year

    About one in four federal inmates.

  • Mangroves Replace Pipelines, Indigenous Healing

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the.

  • Pete Buttigieg: America Not Full, Send More Immigrants to South Bend

    South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • Christine Blasey Ford for Time’s ‘100 Most Influential’

    2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala.

  • Kim Foxx Called Jussie Smollett ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops’ in Texts

    Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

  • Hispanics to Outpace Black Americans as Largest Voting Minority in 2020

    Hispanic Americans are set to outpace.

  • De Blasio Threatens to Sue if Trump Sends Immigrants to NYC

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls Notre Dame Cathedral 'Art and Architecture'

    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called the.

  • More Than 12M Americans Remain Sidelined Out of the Workforce

    More than 12 million Americans have.

  • Sanders: Abortions up Until Birth Are ‘Very, Very’ Rare – The Decision Doesn’t Belong to the Government

    During a town hall on the.

  • Parisians Sing Hymns as Notre Dame Cathedral Is Engulfed in Flames

    The faithful of Paris sung hymns.

  • DOJ: Mueller Report Likely to Be Released Thursday

    The Justice Department announced Monday that.

  • Louisiana GOP Gov. Candidate Ralph Abraham Releases Game of Thrones Campaign Ad

    Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ralph.

  • President Trump Foresaw Tiger’s Resurgence

    The vast majority of the American.

  • Box Office: 'Shazam!' Still #1, 'Hellboy' Disappoints in Debut

    ‘Shazam!’ retained its number one spot.

  • Swalwell: ‘Second Amendment Is Not an Absolute Right’

    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the.

  • President Trump Praises Tiger Woods, Wishes All Golfers Good Luck Before Final Round

    Tiger Woods thrilled the golf watching.

  • Didn’t Know it Was ‘Crime’ to Write Book

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday.

  • ‘They will Never Think of You As Anything But an Obedient Ni**er’

    Actor Geoffrey Thorne told Turning Point USA’s.

  • Homeland Security Dem Rice: Stephen Miller ‘Needs to Come Before Congress’

    During an interview aired on Friday’s broadcast.

  • Illegal Alien Accused of Murdering Five Americans Found Dead in Jail Cell

    A previously deported illegal alien who.

  • Working Class American Men Struggle to Re-Enter Workforce

    Working class American men have struggled.

  • Saying Barr Is Misleading with Mueller Summary ‘Bizarre’

    On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod.

  • Ilhan Omar’s Attack on Stephen Miller Further Reveals Her Antisemitism

    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) clearly hasn’t.

  • ‘Liberal Coalition’ Silent on Environmental Impact of Immigration

    The “liberal coalition” is largely silent.

  • Trump Jr. Slams Newsweek Over Deceptive Headline: ‘You Lying POS’

    Donald Trump Jr. put Newsweek on.

  • Flashback: Hillary Clinton Suggested ‘Drone Strike’ on WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

    Following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder.

  • Tucker Carlson on AG Barr's Claim: 'This Is All Spying — There’s No Other Word for It'

    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker.

  • Illegal Immigration Levels Projected to Outpace Every Year of Bush

    At current illegal immigration levels, President.