Kamala Harris announced that she is running for president while on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today. Tapping into her prosecutorial background, Harris grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in nationally-televised intelligence committee hearings in 2017, then did the same last fall when the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
"I was honored by and conscious of the huge responsibility I held-the duty to protect those who were the most vulnerable and voiceless members of our society", Harris writes in her book. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Kamala Harris of California is the latest Democrat seeking to challenge Donald Trump for the US presidency next year and potentially Planned Parenthood's best friend yet in the race.
Before her first term as a US senator, Harris previously served as California's attorney general and, prior to that, as district attorney of San Francisco. Her message focused on social justice and inclusion is aimed at a diverse Democratic electorate eager for representation, while offering a stark contrast to President Donald Trump's brand of nostalgic nationalism. She also created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force. I have no doubt that he'll go down as the greatest President in history for black Americans.
Harris could also have a geographical advantage, as California is moving its primary up to March 3, 2020.
In her first remarks after announcing her presidential campaign, Harris described the criminal justice system as "horribly flawed" and in need of change.
She plans a formal campaign launch in Oakland on January 27.
Dean Smith, a former classmate of Kamala Harris's at Westmount High School, says he can see the influence the city had on Harris through her politics.
As California's Attorney General in 2012, Harris helped negotiate a $25 billion settlement deal with the five largest mortgage companies in the US over mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses.
Politico reports: 'Harris will base her campaign in Baltimore, with a second office in Oakland, according to her aides. She may not be the only black candidate in the field, with others like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also considering a run.
Harris, whose father is Jamaican and mother was Tamil Indian, was first elected to be a U.S. Senator in 2016. She is expected to invoke her experience in that post on the campaign trail, in particular, pointing to lawsuits she brought against banks in light of the mortgage crisis and against for-profit colleges for predatory practices.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Democratic nomination, is considering a campaign. Lily Adams, a Clinton campaign alum who has worked as Harris's spokeswoman, will be communications director. A damning op-ed recently published in the New York Times accused Harris of fighting "tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors".
The challenging task for Harris after those early state hurdles would be to try to fend off her challengers and consolidate the African-American vote. Yet, she said, all communities also support law enforcement.