On Monday, Democrat Senator Kamala Harris announced that she will be running for the presidency in 2020.
Harris joins fellow Democrat Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Tusi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren as candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run against President Trump.
As Reuters reports, the first-term Democratic senator has been an outspoken critic of the Trump Administration and has poised herself as a rising star in her party.
Harris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party’s increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters.
“I have the unique experience of having been a leader in local government, state government and federal government,” she said in an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.
She timed her announcement for the U.S. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday honouring the slain civil rights leader, saying he was an aspirational leader.
“We are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve these ideals,” she said on ABC. “We are flawed, we are not perfect, but we are a great country when we think about the principles upon which we’re founded.”
And, from Politico:
According to interviews with a half-dozen of her confidants and strategists, Harris will court voters wary of law enforcement by presenting herself as a kinder and gentler prosecutor — a “progressive” attorney who advocated for the vulnerable and served the public interest. At the same time, they believe leaning into her background will allow her to project toughness against Donald Trump, and contrast what they call her evidence-based approach to law and politics with the president’s carelessness with facts and legal troubles with the special prosecutor.
“In the face of a lawless president and a lawless administration, Americans are going to be looking for somebody who represents and stands for the rule of law,” one Harris adviser said.
Other rising stars in the Democratic Party who could potentially run include New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.